Cheltenham are searching for a new manager after they released a statement which confirmed that Keith Downing has left the club by mutual consent following Friday night's 4-1 defeat to Hartlepool.

The Robins have won just one game in Coca-Cola League One - a 2-0 win over Swindon on August 16 - and currently sit bottom of the table.

Downing joined the club in 2004 as assistant manager to John Ward before the latter left to take up the position at Carlisle in October 2007.

The 43-year-old initially stepped up as caretaker boss and was handed the position on a full-time basis a month later.

But Friday's defeat to Hartlepool capped a run of four straight league defeats which seems to have spelt the end of Downing's tenure at Whaddon Road.

The club also confirmed on their official website that they will be making a further statement on Downing's departure later.

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