Cheltenham Town: Dave Kevan will make a 'positive impact' on team
EXPERIENCED Dave Kevan will strengthen Cheltenham Town's backroom staff, according to boss Mark Yates.
Scotsman Kevan, 45, has been appointed first team coach at the Abbey Business Stadium, working alongside Yates and his assistant Neil Howarth.
Yates worked with Kevan during his time at Championship club Burnley, where they were both part of Steve Cotterill's coaching team.
A former Stoke player, Kevan ran the Potters' Under-21 team last season as part of his role within the Premier League side's academy.
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He took his first training sessions with Cheltenham last week and was on the touchline for Saturday's 2-2 draw with Oxford United
Yates said: "Dave has made a positive impact already. I know him well and he will help me, Neil and the boys massively.
"He's been out of work since last season and he's been doing some scouting, but he'll bring knowledge and tactical expertise, as well as a fresh pair of eyes, which can improve us as a team."
As part of a reshuffle of Yates' staff, Jason Murphy has left, with Ian Hutton in as fitness coach and Craig Cope the new video analyst.
Cheltenham put on a vastly-improved performance against unbeaten Oxford, leading twice through Byron Harrison and Terry Gornell's goals before being pegged back.
Yates said that if they maintained those standards, they would give themselves a great chance of mounting a third successive promotion push.
"We should have won the game, we were much better in every department," Yates said.
"We are up and running now and our season has finally started after seven games.
"Last Saturday we scored late against Portsmouth to get a draw, but it papered over cracks. This was a proper performance and I need 39 more of them now.
"Oxford are a decent side and we battered them. If we play like that we'll be in around it, no problem at all.
"Maybe we've been a bit airy-fairy and lightweight so far, but we more than stood up to Oxford.
"We set the tone with aggression, closing down and pressing and played some good stuff too."
Bristol City loan defender James Wilson made his debut at centre-back alongside Steve Elliott and Yates was pleased with his impact.
"I thought James Wilson was superb," he said. "In the first half Dave Kitson caused us problems and maybe we were too deep, but he was excellent and he can be pleased with debut."
Striker Steven Gillespie has returned to parent club Fleetwood Town after one month on loan at Cheltenham.
He scored two goals against Plymouth Argyle in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy first round tie, which Cheltenham lost 5-4 on penalties after a 3-3 draw.