Baker draws up shortlist

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Cheltenham Town chairman Paul Baker has revealed that he has drawn up a short-list from around 30 applications for the vacant manager's post at Whaddon Road.

The Robins are on the lookout for a new boss after Bobby Gould resigned following last Saturday's 2-0 home defeat to Rochdale, having spent just nine months in the job.

Baker admitted that he and the club board are accepting more applications until October 30.

"We initially trawled through about 30 applications and we've made a shortlist of about half-a-dozen," Baker told the Gloucestershire Echo.

"There's still time for people to get applications in.

"You always get a few nonsense ones but a lot of the names among the 30 will be known to most people.

"It's a very important decision for us to make because we want to get it right.

"You can have in your own mind an idea of the kind of manager you want, but until you sit down and talk to somebody it is difficult to make a judgment."

Two names currently linked with the managerial vacancy at Cheltenham are Luther Blissett and Carlton Palmer, with both men being spotted at Whaddon Road watching The Robins defeat Darlington 2-1 on Tuesday evening.

Palmer (pictured), who was sacked as manager of Stockport County last month, is reported to have applied for the post while Blissett was on the short-list for the job last term before Gould was eventually appointed manager in January.

Despite the links, Baker has stated that no managerial candidates have been invited to attend Cheltenham matches.

"We haven't invited anybody to attend games," added Baker.

Robins caretaker boss Bob Bloomer has also revealed that will be putting his name forward for the vacant Whaddon Road post. 

Meanwhile, caretaker boss Bob Bloomer has extended the loan of defender Darren Jones to a third month from Division Two side Bristol City.