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Steve Cleal looking forward to making his mark at Cinderford Town

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New Cinderford Town manager Steve Cleal is looking forward to making more history with the Southern League’s Foresters after six successful seasons at Bishop’s Cleeve.

The successor to Paul Michael following his exit to take over at the Southern League Premier Division’s Yate Town earlier this month, Cleal led the Mitres back to the Hellenic League’s Premier Division two years ago after taking charge in 2014.

A former player with Cleeve as well as EFC Cheltenham, he’d been managing Gloucestershire Senior League outfit FC Barometrics for five years when he took the chance to step up in 2009. Former Shortwood United boss and Goucester City number two Will Morford was named as his assistant on Wednesday.

Michael stood down at the Southern League Division One South’s Foresters nearly two weeks ago after four years at the helm to take over at the Bluebells and his successor is looking forward to building on his work while making his own mark at the Causeway Ground.

Cleal said: “I am delighted to be given the opportunity to manage such a great club and look forward to building on the foundations that have been put in place. I’ve admired what has been done at this club in the past and I am ready to write the next chapter.

“It would have to be something special for me to leave Cleeve and this is certainly that. I cannot wait to get going and I look forward to combining my passion and enthusiasm with that of the fans and the club and seeing where the journey can take us.”

Town chairman Stuart Tait added: “We had some exciting applications for the vacancy but what convinced both the recruitment panel and myself was the enthusiasm and passion to take on the job and drive this club forward.”

Former Cheltenham Town captain Paul Collicutt returned to Bishops Cleeve as manager on Tuesday following Cleal’s departure.

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