REPORT: Bristol City Moving Closer to Appointing Dean Holden as Permanent Manager

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Bristol City are close to appointing Dean Holden as their permanent manager, according to Gregor MacGregor of Bristol Live.

The 40-year-old was appointed as Caretaker following the dismissal of Lee Johnson on July 4.

Bristol City Close to Appointing Dean Holden as Manager

Mixed Results

Holden’s spell in temporary charge received mixed results.

He won just two of his six games in charge of the Robins, both of which came against sides that finished below them in the table.

However, they also drew two and lost two of those six. A 1-0 defeat away to Swansea City and a 1-1 draw at home to Preston North End rounded off a disappointing campaign.

City spent much of the first half of the season in the Championship play-off places. However, they won just three of their last 15 games, meaning they slipped down the table.

It meant that Johnson subsequently lost his job at Ashton Gate last month, having spent the last four-and-a-half years in charge.

Cost-Cutting Measure?

The appointment of Holden could potentially be viewed as a cost-cutting measure, according to Bristol Live. COVID-19 has had a huge effect on the finances of several clubs, and Bristol City are no different.

The Robins have been linked to several high profile names throughout their search. Chris Hughton was the favourite at one point, while former Chelsea defender John Terry has also been linked.

However, Holden appears to be the cheaper option. As a result, talks have begun between the club and the current Caretaker boss.

The 40-year-old, according to the report, is set to return from holiday and begin talks next week. Those talks will digest who he wants to be part of his backroom staff as he looks to take the club forward.

Holden and the Robins both reportedly share the same vision of younger players from next season. Young players with a high resale value could prove valuable to the club.

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