‘A proud moment for me and my family’ – Holden

first_img“I’m very proud I have to say,” Holden said. “It’s a proud moment for me and my family. It’s an opportunity I am so excited about, I can’t wait to start with the players and staff tomorrow and I’m very grateful to the Board for choosing me.“I’m really happy the club have cast the net wide and do their due diligence, that was important. I was under the nose and it’s important the club spoke to others out there to see what candidates they could bring in.“I’m delighted they’ve chosen me, it’s an opportunity I intend to take, I’m ready for this job. I’ve been in this industry a long time and I’m very excited.”Prior to the Robins, Holden was the first team coach at Walsall and before then Oldham Athletic, both clubs he had served as a player. He also managed the Latics for the remaining three months of the 2014/15 campaign. But his playing career spanned 16 years from the late 1990s.Holden continued: “I’ve been in this industry 25 years, since the day I left school. I’ve learnt along the way, from my mistakes. I’ve worked with some fantastic managers starting with Sam Allardyce at Bolton, things I picked up from him; Dean Smith was at the end of my career where I learned a different style of coaching and management which I found interesting.“I worked with Lee (Johnson) as a full-time coach and I learned from him as well so you pick up things along the way. Some things you think ‘you’re not sure about that’, you find your own way and I have my own way of doing things and I’m ready, I’m looking forward to it.” Holden’s appointment was confirmed on Monday evening (August 10th) in a move which sees the 40-year-old make the step up from his previous position as assistant head coach.He takes charge with immediate effect with the players returning to training for pre-season on Tuesday (August 11th).last_img

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