11 August 2020 02:31
Holden, who was assistant to former City head coach Lee Johnson, was offered the position and had been considering the proposal over the weekend. I am very grateful to the board for giving me the opportunity to lead this club into its next chapter," Holden told Sky Sports News. England U19s and U20s managers, Paul Simpson and Keith Downing, have both left their roles with the FA with immediate effect, to become joint assistant head coaches under new boss Holden. Simpson won the U20 World Cup In South Korea three years ago, whilst Downing oversaw England's U19s winning the European Championships in the same summer. Johnson was sacked after a 1-0 defeat to Severnside rivals Cardiff in July, following a run of nine games without a victory.
Holden was placed in temporary charge of the Robins while the Sky Bet Championship club searched for a new manager. Johnson was sacked after a poor run of results for Bristol City which culminated in a 1-0 home defeat to Cardiff Holden has previously taken first-team charge of five games for City and also enjoyed a spell of 15 matches managing former club Oldham Athletic from February to May 2015, where he took over from Johnson at Boundary Park at the time. Johnson guided his team to 17th, 11th and eighth in the previous three Championship seasons, but after challenging for the play-off positions earlier in the 2019/20 campaign, City recorded a 12th-placed finish. Sky Sports News has reported that former Brighton and Newcastle boss Chris Hughton held talks with City over the vacant position at the club. Bristol City have appointed Lee Johnson's former assistant as their new head coach.
Having served as Johnson's right-hand man, following his arrival from Walsall on November 2016, Holden was initially put in charge as interim boss for the remaining five matches of the 2019/20 Championship season. Holden has impressed the senior Robins hierarchy enough to take over permanently after standing out in the recruitment interviews and via his work at the club since being brought to Bristol by Johnson in 2016. No details over the length of Holden's contract were initially disclosed by the club with the former full-back officially beginning in the new role on Tuesday as pre-season for the 2020/21 season begins at Failand. While City fans have clamoured for a proven manager - and Chris Hughton and Paul Cook were both in talks with the club about taking over - it is the Swinton-born ex-defender, with 369 league appearances himself, who has come out on top following a lengthy process conducted by CEO Mark Ashton and chairman Jon Lansdown. The Robins will face criticism for appointing Johnson's right-hand man, but Holden has had a strong case behind him, as Bristol Live revealed last week.
As well as the new head coach, it was confirmed that the Robins have appointed England youth coaches and experienced backroom men Paul Simpson and Keith Downing - as revealed on Monday by Bristol Live. The pair will add experience to the club, with Holden beginning his first Championship role. Holden originally joined up at Bristol City four years ago, working with then existing assistant John Pemberton, to be reunited with head coach Johnson, who he succeeded as Oldham boss in 2015 when Johnson joined City. And there followed a largely successful spell alongside Lee Johnson until a dismal run of results earlier this year saw a change of head coach. Sign up for our City newsletter All the latest news, views, interviews, gossip and analysis concerning Bristol City, delivered straight to your inbox, every day at 12:00. "We know the type of head coach we are looking for and we look forward to announcing the right person for this job after completing a rigorous interview process," Ashton said. "While I would like a shot at management at some point in my career, my only thought now is to put smiles on the faces of our supporters," he said following the win over Hull City recently. Bristol City have appointed Dean Holden as their new head coach. Holden was assistant to former boss Lee Johnson and took caretaker charge of their final five matches of the Sky Bet Championship season. The 40-year-old will be assisted by Keith Downing and Paul Simpson. Holden told the club website: "I am honoured to take on the role of head coach – it's a very proud moment for me and my family. Holden also enjoyed a spell of 15 matches managing his former club Oldham in 2015 where, coincidentally, he also took over from Johnson. Chris Hughton and Paul Cook were reported to have been interviewed by the Robins but the club have opted for the familiarity of Holden, who won two and drew two of his games at the helm at the end of last season.