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Holden Appointed City Assistant Head Coach

Bristol City has appointed Dean Holden as a new assistant head coach.

The 37-year-old former Oldham Athletic defender went on to manage the Latics after working under Lee Johnson at Boundary Park in 2014/15.

The pair are now reunited at Ashton Gate after Holden departed his role as assistant manager at Walsall.

Chief operating officer Mark Ashton told bcfc.co.uk: “As part of the club’s player development programme and due to our increased number of younger players, we made a strategic decision in the summer to bring in another senior coach to work alongside John Pemberton and report directly to Lee.

“We’ve been conducting that search since the summer for the right person and, having interviewed a number of people, we are delighted to announce that Dean has joined us from Walsall.

“Lee knows Dean from his time at Oldham. He’s a bright, intelligent young man who will add to what is already a strong coaching unit.

“We feel it is important to increase the time spent on the training field with the younger players to further their development, so from this point on Lee will work with two assistant head coaches.

“John Pemberton’s role remains exactly the same. Dean offers a different skillset and an additional resource in that area.”

City head coach Johnson added: “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.”

Born in Swinton, Greater Manchester, Holden started his career at Bolton Wanderers, before his relationship with Oldham began as a loan signing in 2001/02.

A successful season led to the move becoming permanent and Holden racked up a total of 125 appearances for the club, scoring 11 goals, before joining Peterborough United in 2005.

After two years at London Road, Holden headed north of the border to sign for Falkirk, and later enjoyed spells back in England with Shrewsbury Town, Chesterfield and Rochdale.

He made the last competitive appearance of his 15-year playing career for Walsall, aged 33, in 2014.

The former right-back soon returned to Oldham in a coaching capacity to team up with Johnson for the first time, but three months later the current City boss was appointed head coach at Barnsley.

Holden stepped in to manage the club for the remaining three months of the campaign, before assisting David Dunn the following season. After departing Oldham in January this year and returning to Walsall, Holden will now work alongside Pemberton in assisting Johnson at Ashton Gate.