Gary Johnson Becomes Second EFL Managerial Casualty After Being Given The Axe By Cheltenham Town

Chris Knight by Chris Knight / 22 August 2018, 08:16

Gary Johnson has become the second managerial casualty of the English Football League season as Cheltenham Town have decided to send him packing after just four games of the new League Two campaign.

The club's board announced their decision to part ways with the 62-year-old after picking up a 1-1 draw at Macclesfield on Tuesday, which was both teams' first league points of the season.

The veteran manager had been in charge at Whaddon Road for more than three years as he was appointed in March of a doomed 2014/15 season, with The Robins bottom of the table and two points from safety when he arrived.

Relegation duly followed as Johnson wasn't able to save Cheltenham that season but he earned promotion from the National League at the first time of asking in 2015/16 before the club finished in 21st place in their first season back in the football league.

There was slight improvement during their second season back in League Two as they finished 17th in May, although a dreadful start to this campaign saw them suffer three successive 1-0 defeats at the hands of Crawley Town, Tranmere and Carlisle, before the 1-1 draw with Macclesfield.

Johnson, who has previously managed Cambridge United, Latvia, Yeovil Town (two spells), Bristol City, Peterborough and Northampton, will be replaced by his former assistant Russell Milton for a temporary period until a suitable permanent replacement is found.

Johnson becomes the second EFL manager to lose his job this season after Gary Bowyer departed Blackpool after only one game. We'd venture to suggest that Johnson won't be the last if clubs are panicing at this early stage of a season!

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