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How the Robins are shaping up ahead of the new season

6 June 2019

How did they do?

The Robins had a decent 2018-19 season, finishing 16th. They won 15 of their 46 games and drew 12. Reds did the double over Cheltenham, winning 1-0 on the opening day of the season and by the same scoreline at The People's Pension Stadium in January.

Who’s in charge?

Michael Duff, the former Northern Ireland international, was appointed last September. He made 372 appearances for the club as a player before moving to Burnley, where he played nearly 400 games prior to joining their coaching staff. He is one of a few players to have played at all top eight levels of the English pyramid.

Who’s leaving?

Duff released five players at the end of the season including ex-Reds striker Tyrone Barnett. Midfielder Nigel Atangana, whose season was ended when he suffered a ruptured Achilles in Cheltenham’s 1-0 defeat here in January, turned down a new contract and has signed for Exeter while defender Jordan Foster has also rejected a new deal.

Who’s coming and who might be?

Defender Charlie Raglan, who was on loan with the Robins last season, has joined permanently on a two-year contract and Welsh wing-back Ryan Broome has signed a new two-year contract.

How is their pre-season shaping up?

Highlight is a home friendly against Premier League Leicester City on July 20. A week later they host Bristol Rovers. Cheltenham have also arranged four games against non-league opposition away from home starting at Stratford Town on July 13.

Crawley links

The departure of Barnett ends our player links with Cheltenham – for now at least!

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