Head coach Ian Burchnall has today agreed to join Forest Green Rovers.
The recently-promoted League One side made a formal approach after Monday’s play-off eliminator defeat to Grimsby Town and, following internal discussions, we gave them permission to negotiate terms with Burchnall.
Those terms have today been agreed and the move has now been formalised.
A statement from our board of directors reads: “We would like to place on record our appreciation to Forest Green Rovers for the way they have conducted themselves throughout this process.
“The same applies to Ian, who departs with our very best wishes for the future.
“While it is of course disappointing to be losing a head coach of Ian’s calibre, we feel it pertinent to remind supporters that, while the head coach is clearly an important part of our structure, a change in personnel does not lead to a switch in overarching philosophy.
“Ian’s replacement, while no doubt having their own style and characteristics, will be tasked with building on the foundations we have laid over the last three seasons and operating in line with the club’s core values and beliefs.
“When we appointed Ian we had huge confidence in his ability as a coach and were always aware this day may come once his qualities became more apparent to other English clubs.
“As with players, we are constantly monitoring head coaches and managers who we feel may be of interest to us in the future.
“As a result we have a ready-made shortlist of exciting potential replacements, with whom we look forward to discussing the role in due course.
“We would also like to take this opportunity to assure supporters that today’s news does not hinder our player recruitment plans for the coming campaign.
“Negotiations are progressing well with a number of targets and we expect to bring you some good news on this front soon.”