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Ex Northern Ireland defender named new manager of Cheltenham

By Joshua Bunting

Cheltenham Town have confirmed the appointment as Michael Duff as their new first team manager.

The 40-year old former Northern Ireland international defender will start work with the Robins tomorrow having brought to an end a 14-year career with Burnley Football Club as a player then coach.

In 2002 Michael became the first ever Cheltenham Town player to win an international cap while playing for the club when he made his debut for Northern Ireland in a friendly against Poland and two years later, after 372 first team appearances for the Robins, he was transferred to Championship club Burnley where his career continued its upward curve.

Speaking to the club’s website Duff said “I can’t wait to get started back at Cheltenham Town,” said Michael.

“It’s a big step for me to leave a job where I was settled, working with a great manager at a Premier League club, but I feel that the time is right now.

“It is a fantastic opportunity and I would like to thank the Board for the faith that they have shown in me. I know that they have worked very hard to get the deal done and I am very grateful for the opportunity.

“I only played professionally for two clubs so obviously Cheltenham Town is a club that I know well and one that is very close to my heart.

“It is also an opportunity to move my family back home and I’m looking forward to meeting the staff and players on Tuesday.”

Cheltenham are currently 18th in the Sky Bet League Two table.

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