Bolton Wanderers have this morning confirmed on their official website the appointment of Steve Walford as assistant manager. He replaces Johan Mjallby, who departs the club for personal reasons.

57-year-old Walford has enjoyed a successful career following Martin O’Neill ever since linking up with Wycombe Wanderers in 1990. Spells with Norwich City, Leicester City, Celtic, Aston Villa, Sunderland and the Republic of Ireland national team followed over the next 15 years. Walford will remain at parts of the Ireland coaching staff, combining that with his new role at the Macron Stadium.

Manager Neil Lennon has first-hand experience of working with Walford when he was a player at Leicester City and Celtic. Walford was then first team coach under boss O’Neill. During his playing days, Walford won the FA Cup with Arsenal back in 1979. He would also go on to have useful spells with the likes of Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham United and Norwich City.

The departure of 44-year-old Swede Mjallby is a blow to Lennon, as barring a few months, the pair have been manager and assistant manager at Celtic and now Bolton ever since March 2010. The club would like to wish Johan well for the future and everyone here at The72 echoes those sentiments.


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