Former Charlton Athletic Manager Linked With Vacant League Two Role

A report from INews claims that former Charlton Athletic boss Dean Holden has discussed their open managerial position with League Two team Bradford City.

After leaving Charlton Athletic in August due to the team’s poor League One start, the 44-year-old has been unemployed, but he is now among a number of managers eager to take over at Valley Parade.

Kevin McDonald, who joined Bradford City as a player in the summer, is presently the caretaker manager of the team. He has taken on the job of player-manager. After the departure of veteran Welshman Mark Hughes, he assumed the role.


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After losing 4-1 to MK Dons last night, the team is now 15th in League Two, but with 19 of the 46 league games played so far, they are just five points outside of the play-off spots. This weekend, the Bantams visit Sutton United.

Holden retired from football in 2014, and since then, he has only held two managerial positions. In 2020, he started his first official job with Bristol City, which lasted for slightly over seven months until ending. After that, in December 2022, he moved to Charlton and played in 32 games, winning 12 of them, before being fired after eight months.

Holden has served in interim and assistant management capacities at several clubs, including Stoke City, Walsall, and Oldham Athletic, throughout his managing career. In his career, he has managed 89 games and won 34 of them, for a 38% win percentage.

Following Hughes’ departure, Bradford City has yet to choose a formal replacement, while players like Graham Alexander and Karl Robinson have already been linked to the team.

Having failed in his two previous stints as manager, Dean Holden will be keen to show football supporters that he is capable of becoming a successful manager.

But to be honest, I don’t think Dean Holden is the appropriate guy for the Bantams. The club is falling well short of their objective of being promoted back to League One, thus they need to choose a manager with more experience than Holden.

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