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Joe Dunne Named as First Team Assistant Manager

20 June 2019

Joe Dunne has been named as Graham Coughlan's new Assistant Manager ahead of the 2019/20 campaign.

Joe initially joined the club on a voluntary basis back in February this year and was part of the coaching staff that helped Rovers secure its League One status.

He spent three years as Assistant Manager at Cambridge United, before taking over from Shaun Derry, initially on a caretaker basis until the conclusion of the 2017/18 season, when he was then appointed as permanent Manager - he took charge of 40 games in total for the U's.

Prior to that he was at the Helm of Colchester United for two years and managed 99 games from 2012 to 2014; this included a brief spell as Caretaker boss in 2009.

The 46-year old’s playing career spanned over 13 years and included 327 senior appearances for four different clubs, including a play-off final win with Colchester in 1998 and an EFL Trophy win the year before.

Joe Dunne said, "Having been here since February, to now be given an opportunity on a full-time basis is something I am really looking forward to - it's a great challenge and I am grateful for it. 

"Since I have been here and a part of the staff, sitting in the home dugout, travelling with the team, you can feel there is so much passion at the club from everywhere and I am just so pleased to live it all, feel it all and breathe it all."

Graham Coughlan said, "I am delighted to have Joe as my Assistant for the upcoming season, I've known him for many years and he is a real football man with great understanding and knowledge.

“Given Joe’s previous experience as a Manager, he’s become a great sounding board for myself as he knows what I go through day-to-day.”

"I have been impressed with his passion and know-how since he came to the club in February and he certainly played his part in keeping us up. 

"He has integrated well in with the staff and the players and I have no doubt he will continue to do so and contribute greatly to the team."

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