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Joe Dunne joins backroom staff

20 December 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 do and I’m looking forward to the challenge,” he added.

In other news, the club can confirm that Drewe Broughton has left his position as performance coach.

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