Dean Whitehead has left his role as Huddersfield Town’s Under-19 manager to become the first team coach of Shrewsbury Town.

The Shrews have acted fast to replace coach Joe Parkinson, who departed last week to join Hartlepool United, as announced by their official club website this morning.

Whitehead, who is from Oxfordshire, played over 600 games in his playing career with spells at Oxford United, Sunderland, Middlesbrough, Stoke City and Huddersfield.

He retired from playing at the end of the 2017/18 and initially delved into coaching at youth levels with the Terriers.

Huddersfield chairman Phil Hodgkinson is disappointed to see him leave for Shrewsbury and has said, as per their website: “We are all disappointed to see Dean leave the Club, but he had ambitions to coach in First Team football and this was a good opportunity for him.”

“We saw Dean as a valuable member of staff, so we worked hard to get suitable compensation for him. Our excellent Academy coaches will continue to work hard with our Under-19 and EDT sides until we appoint a replacement. We have a lot of good memories with Dean as a player and coach and wish him all the best for the future.”

Shrewsbury are currently 11th in the third tier and are two points off the Play-Offs.

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Whitehead will now be looking forward to linking up with Sam Ricketts at New Meadow.