Cheltenham Town: Mark Yates answers fans' questions
Did you shake Ashley Grimes' hand on his summer move before he decided to join Bury at the last minute?
I thought the deal was going ahead. I was away on my pro licence course, then he was getting married the previous weekend so we couldn't get it done. I think Bury came in and offered him a little bit more and being 20 minutes from home was better than being two hours from home. I spoke to him when we played at Bury and even though they beat us, I think he wishes, from the way things have gone for him, he'd have come down to Cheltenham. That's life and I have no problems with Ashley.
Where do you see yourself and Cheltenham Town in five years?
Who knows! Our aim is to be better than last year and then go further. Five years is too long in football, I could be working on a building site, or managing in the Championship, there is that much variation. I want to be successful, I want the players to work hard and enjoy playing for me and win games for the club. Football is a volatile business and a results business so we have to wait and see.
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Who would win in a verbal sparring match, you now or Steve Cotterill at Cheltenham Town?
There is only one winner there and it isn't me!
Have you ever feared for your job at Cheltenham Town?
Do you decide the formation and tactics you want to use, or sign the best players you can and work out how to use them?
A bit of both because I think I have more than one way of playing. I am not set in one particular way of playing like Roberto Martinez is for example and players have to be adaptable at our level and as a manager you have to be adaptable too.
Did you think you'd become the fifth longest serving manager in the country when you took over at Cheltenham Town in December 2009?
Not at all, but that just shows what a volatile business is it. I have been here three years and nine months and it's the nature of the business, but something I don't think about.
What will it take to get you and Cheltenham Town onto the next level?
Who knows? To get us onto the next level as a team, we have to address the problems we are facing at the moment, be brave and strong and start winning games and the same goes for me as a manager.
What's the hardest part of the job as a League Two manager?
Letting players go, which isn't nice. Also, seeing players you want, but you can't afford. That's where we are and you have to deal with it.
In your playing prime, would you command a starting place in the current Cheltenham Town team?
Without a doubt at the moment!
Which of the current squad do you think is most like you as a player?
When he's on form I'd say Russ Penn, but he has to be better at the moment to be anywhere near me!
Would you like home fans at both ends, rather than away fans at the Whaddon Road end?
I would like home fans at both ends, but I am not sure how that would work. It's OK at the moment, when we have big away support like Portsmouth and Oxford, the atmosphere is a different class.
What's your best moment in football?
I love being involved in the game and I love doing the job. I am fortunate to be in this position and I don't think back too often, I live for the moment and take the highs and lows as they come.
Are there any players you don't feel you have got the best out of at Cheltenham Town?
Jeff Goulding frustrated me because he had the ability. But I sign good, honest players on the whole and I have no qualms. They don't all hit it off or gel, but that's life and you have to make sure the next ones do.
Which player do you feel closest to in football?
You can't have favourites as a manager, but I've had Russ Penn for six of my seven years as a manager so I've known him a long time. But I left him out of the play-off final so does he like me? I try to get on with most people and some may feel my relationship with (Rotherham manager) Steve Evans isn't the best, but I've had some good conversations with him recently. I don't mind a bit of banter or a difference of opinion as long as you can shake hands at the end.
When you lose a game how long do you spend analysing it?
It depends. You can batter a team and lose 1-0, or get a tonking, but you always need to look at things. I don't ram it down the players' throats all the time, but sometimes they need to see it.