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Holden ‘hugely proud and honoured’ to take lead

Dean Holden is looking forward to taking charge of his first City game against Hull City this week (July 8th, 6pm KO).

The interim head coach takes the reins following the departure of Lee Johnson on Saturday.

It’s a new chapter for Holden and one he is heading into with full focus as he looks to try and guide the Robins to a successful end of season.

“There’s a lot more responsibility in terms of team selection and press but Mark Ashton asked me to take the team until further notice and I have to say it is something I am hugely proud and honoured to be given the job by the Board of Directors,” Holden told Robins TV.

“It’s something I am going to try and make the most of, try and get the players, me and the staff performing at our best and there’s a big game on Wednesday and we’re looking forward to it.”

 

Holden was also quick to praise his former colleague Johnson, who was relieved of his role following a fourth-consecutive defeat. The Robins are winless since the restart but remain mathematically in the run-in for a top-six finish, with the Tigers heading to Ashton Gate aiming to steer clear of the relegation zone.

Holden and Johnson had worked together since the former Bolton Wanderers defender's appointment as assistant head coach in November 2016.

“First of all, I want to go on record and say how grateful I am to Lee for bringing to the club in the first place, nearly four years ago,” he said.

“I’ve loved working with him, we’ve had some incredible moments and some down times too but we’ve built a great relationship as he has with all the players and staff and I’ve no doubt he will go and get another fantastic job in football.

“He’s worked incredibly hard behind the scenes for every player and member of staff to try and get this club successful.”

But the club’s focus is now on preparing for the midweek visit of Grant McCann’s Tigers and Holden is relishing the occasion.

“We have to move forward quickly and it’s the job we signed up for. We’ve got another game in 48 hours and nobody will feel sorry for us,” he said.

“They (Hull) are fighting for everything and we’ve seen that in recent games. They’ve got dangerous players on the counter-attack and we have to be aware of that but most of the focus is on us. We’ve got to get the shackles off the players, get them confident in their ability because naturally confidence has suffered because of the run of results. So we want to get off to a flying start on Wednesday. I really can’t wait to see the players get out there and put in a performance for the football club.”

Robins TV

The match will be live on Robins TV. The Robins TV Live show starts at 5pm, is free to Season Card holders and available with a £10 matchday pass to all non Season-Card holders. The match is not on being broadcast on Sky Sports and is not on the red button.

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