Bristol City have confirmed the appointment of Dean Holden as an assistant head coach with the Championship club. Holden most recently has been assistant manager with Walsall, but now jumps up a league to work alongside Lee Johnson.

Holden is no stranger to Johnson, having worked together during their time at Oldham Athletic. The 37-year-old has also served as a manager during his coaching career, also at Oldham. The Swinton-born former defender enjoyed a long career in the game as a player, representing clubs such as Peterborough United, Shrewsbury Town and Falkirk.

In his new role at Ashton Gate, Holden will work with John Pemberton, who is also an assistant to Johnson. Chief operating director Mark Ashton says the decision to add another coach has been made ‘due to our increased number of younger players’. Johnson insists that it is a great acquisition for the club and he’ll have a big role to play,

“I’m delighted that we’ve been able to bring Dean in. He’ll work very closely with myself and John Pemberton.
“Dean brings all the qualities we need to offer the perfect balance on our coaching staff and I’m thoroughly looking forward to him being part of our future.
“I gave Dean his first chance in coaching at Oldham and he’s now had two years’ experience of being a manager, assistant manager and first team coach. He’s a very good developer of young players.”


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