JOE DUNNE FOLLOWS COUGHLAN AS ASSISTANT MANAGER
Joe Dunne joins backroom staff
mansfieldtown.net, Fro 20 Dec 2019
Mansfield Town Football Club is pleased to announce the appointment of Joe Dunne as the club’s new assistant manager.
The 46-year-old’s appointment follows Tuesday afternoon’s announcement of Graham Coughlan becoming first team manager of the Stags.
Joe leaves his post as caretaker boss at Bristol Rovers - who currently sit fourth in Sky Bet League One - to join Graham Coughlan’s backroom staff at One Call Stadium.
The Dubliner’s playing career saw him make over 300 appearances for the likes of Gillingham and Colchester United.
Joe then made his first step into management as caretaker boss of Colchester in 2009, before becoming permanent manager of the U’s in 2012.
Dunne placed an emphasis on producing first team players through the club’s academy, handing full debuts to Sammie Szmodics and Macauley Bonne, amongst others.
Joe also had a spell as manager of Cambridge United in 2018, before joining now-Stags’ boss Graham Coughlan’s backroom staff at Bristol Rovers.
His time with the Pirates - alongside Graham Coughlan - was a successful period, seeing the Gas go from relegation candidates to promotion contenders in the space of 12 months in Sky Bet League One.
“Re-joining with Graham was a big influence in my decision,” said Joe.
“We demand an energy level and a commitment from the players, and we demand a lot of ourselves as staff. Standards are very high and it’s important that we try and maintain those standards.
“We have a lot of work to and I’m looking forward the challenge,” he added.
In other news, the club can confirm that Drewe Broughton has left his position as performance coach.
Joe Dunne told iFollow Stags:
"We pride ourselves on intense preparation, detail, making sure the game plans are ready.
"I'm looking forward to getting into that side of things and making sure tactically we give the manager what he needs.
Bristol Rovers confirm Joe Dunne set to follow Graham Coughlan to Mansfield Town
He had been in temporary charge of the club
Bristol Live, bristolpost.co.uk, By David Byrom, 19 DEC 2019
Bristol Rovers have given Mansfield Town permission to speak to assistant manager Joe Dunne.
The Gas lost manager Graham Coughlan to the League Two club earlier this week, and Bristol Live previously reported that Dunne was set to follow to Field Mill.
This now looks set to happen, with Rovers confirming Dunne was in talks with the Stags.
A statement on the club website said: "The Club can confirm that assistant manager Joe Dunne has been allowed to speak to Mansfield Town regarding a move.
"We have received an approach from Mansfield Town for the services of Joe Dunne.
"Permission has now been granted for him to speak to the club, and negotiations are underway regarding Joe's departure and potential appointment at the One Call Stadium."
Dunne took charge of the Gas for their FA Cup second round replay victory over Plymouth Argyle on Tuesday night.
Yet he ruled himself out of the running for the vacancy, confirming he was too close to Coughlan to take over.
Coughlan yesterday, however, appeared to rule out adding to his staff in his first press conference in charge of Mansfield Town.
He said: "We are as we are. I’m still getting used to names and faces. We had a staff meeting this morning, I’m happy with the staff we have here.
"We’ll assess over the coming weeks. Will I let anyone go the week before Christmas? No way."
The Gas are yet to confirm who will take charge of Saturday's game against Peterborough United.
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