First-team coach departs...
Walsall FC can confirm that first-team coach Dean Holden has left his position to become assistant head coach at Bristol City, after compensation was agreed between the two clubs.
The 37-year-old joined the Saddlers’ coaching staff in March 2016 and helped the club finish third in League One last season.
“I’m disappointed to be losing a really good coach and a good friend but it’s a chance for him to work in the Championship,” said Saddlers boss Jon Whitney.
“Lee Johnson [Bristol City’s manager] knows Dean from his playing days and their time together at Oldham. He offered him the assistant manager’s job and Dean sees it as a good move for his career.
“I would like to wish him all the best and thank him for everything he has done for the club.
“I’ll be looking at our options over the next couple of days but we won’t rush it. We’ll make sure that the person who comes in is right for what we do and the philosophy of the club.”
The club would like to thank Dean for his efforts and wish him all the best for the future.