DEAN HOLDEN FACT­FILE

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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.

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