Cheltenham manager Mark Yates has today signed a new one year deal at the club whereas his assistant Neil Howarth has rejected the offer of an extension.
Yates has been in charge of the League Two side since mid 2009 making him one of the longest serving managers in the Football League at this current point of time. The 44 year old Englishmen has lead his club to the play-offs twice. However, they have failed to gain promotion and now lie in 16th position.
His assistant Neil Howarth will end an eight year working relationship with Yates when he leaves the club in the summer. Howarth and Yates first started playing together at the Robbins and even ventured into management together during their time at Kidderminster Harriers. When asked about Yates’ assistant, club chairman Paul Baker told the BBC: “Neil has been a fine servant to our club over a number of years and we are parting with him on good terms. He has played a large role in the successes we achieved over the previous two seasons and on behalf of the club, I would like to place on record our gratitude for everything he has done for us.”
Despite the current poor run of form, Baker has offered a new deal to Yates. In a statement on Monday he said “We appreciate that this has been a frustrating season that has not matched the expectations of the supporters, the management or the board. However, we believe Mark has earned the chance to put together a new-look team for next season for another crack at it. The board are of the belief that Mark can recapture those successes and we are committed to giving him that opportunity.”