Ex-Burnley winger Wade Elliott is “excited by the challenge” after being named as Cheltenham Town’s new head coach.

Elliott replaces former Turf Moor team-mate Michael Duff, who has taken charge at Barnsley after leading the Robins to a respectable 15th-place finish in their first season back in League One.

The 43-year-old spent the past couple of seasons as first-team coach at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium and holds a UEFA Pro Licence.

He made 283 appearances for the Clarets during a six-year spell in East Lancashire, scoring a memorable winner against Sheffield United in the 2009 Championship play-off final at Wembley.

“I am excited by the challenge and by the opportunity,” said Elliott. “I am fortunate that I have got good staff and a good group of players. It is a great job for me to be going into.

“Michael did a good job, hence the reason why Barnsley approached him. Collectively, the football club has built a good structure and a good squad of players over the past two or three years.

“It is a patient board and a realistic fan base so I can see why it would be an attractive job to lots of people.

“I am fortunate that the board have made the decision that I am the right person to take the club forward.”

Elliott has put pen to paper over a two-year contract and chairman David Bloxham is delighted with the appointment.

"It's been a very intense couple of weeks but we believe we have arrived at the correct decision for Cheltenham Town at this moment in time.

"The board set out with a clear criteria for the type of coach we wanted and one of the key requirements was to try and continue the excellent progress we have experienced over the last three years,” he added.

"In the end, we believed that Wade's knowledge and understanding of the club, its staff and players made him uniquely placed to take us forward."