DEAN HOLDEN FACTFILE
Born: Swinton, 1979 (Age 35) Playing Career: A defender, Holden began his career with Bolton Wanderers and scored his first professional goal against Sheffield United. But he broke his leg, ironically against the Blades, just as he was forging his first team place. After loan spells with Icelandic club Valur and Oldham Athletic, he joined the Latics permanently and went on to make more than 100 appearances over three years. His next move was to Peterborough. After 18 months, the Posh captain moved to Falkirk in Scotland for an undisclosed fee. Despite being born in England, Holden was eligible to represent Northern Ireland. He was called up in 2007 but never received a full cap after he suffered a double leg break playing against Celtic in 2008. In 2009 he moved back to England with Shrewsbury and had a short loan stint at Rotherham before he joined Chesterfield, where he won the 2010-11 League Two title. Tragedy struck after his release from Rochdale in 2012 when 17month-old daughter Cici died on a family holiday in Lanzarote. He finished his 413-game career at Walsall. Managerial Career: Holden moved into coaching at Walsall before becoming Lee Johnson’s assistant at Oldham. Appointed manager after Johnson made the switch to Barnsley last month.