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Robins forced to let Fettis leave

Alan Fettis
Fettis won international honours for Northern Ireland as a player

Cheltenham have released goalkeeping coach and scout Alan Fettis in response to the economic pinch at the club.

The departure of Fettis, who enjoyed long playing spells at Hull, York and Macclesfield, means the League One strugglers have no scouting network.

Manager Martin Allen told BBC Radio Gloucestershire: "He's done a sterling job with Scott Brown and has adapted very well to his scouting position.

"At the moment we've got to do without any scouting and a goalkeeping coach."

Despite being mired at the foot of the table, Allen has described the finances at Whaddon Road as being the "most important thing at the football club at the moment".

The club have also allowed Alex Russell to join Exeter in order to cut costs.

"I have to respect the finances and the accounts and the financial position the club is in at the moment," added Allen.

"Alan has been helping me look for players to recruit for next season and also compiling reports on the opposition, so we had a little scouting network that has disbanded now to cut down on the costs.

"We read about the economic climate and we watch it on TV every night and now it's affecting us."

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