Dean Holdsworth

Where is Dean Holdsworth now?

After a long career at 16 different clubs, Premier League legend Dean Holdsworth finally hung up his boots in 2008 after dropping down the leagues to play non-league football as player-manager for Redbridge.

Holdsworth spent a year at Redbridge guiding them to the play off finals before joining Newport County as manager in 2008.

His success continued at Newport County with promotion to the Conference National in 2010 but the lure of football league management proved to much and and he joined Aldershot Town as manager in 2011.

Unfortunately in February 2013 Holdsworth was sacked by Aldershot Town after a bad run of form which saw them languishing in League Two.

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Dean Holdsworth was back in management in May 2013 with Conference South side Chelmsford City but he left the club by mutual consent in November 2013.

Holdsworth is the creator/founder of The Master Technician which is an app/programme which allows managers and coaches to put all their game tactics and training session into one place eliminating the need for paper and losing information.

Dean Holdsworth also founded and is chairman of the NLFA (Non-League Footballers Association) which exists to improve the structures within Non League Football and to raise the standards of the game.

In December 2013 Holdsworth was appointed managing director of XPro which is a charity that provides help, support and advice for ex-professionals but he resigned eight months later.

Dean Holdsworth was back in football coaching in June 2015 when he was appointed as director of football and manager of Brentwood Town.

Despite success on the pitch with his Brentwood side, Holdsworth stepped down as manager after only five months in order to ‘continue on his business interests‘. but he stayed in his director of football role.

He currently heads up investment group Sports Shield Consultancy which agreed a £7.5 million takeover of his former club Bolton Wanderers in February 2016.

Following the takeover, Holdsworth was installed as the new chief executive of Bolton Wanderers but he stepped aside in June 2016 to take on a role as director of football at the club.

He was only in the role for a month before stepping down but remained a shareholder of the club until March 2017 and represented the club as an ambassador until August 2017 when he relinquished all ties with the club.

In December 2018, Holdsworth joined Italian Serie B side Palermo in his current role as Director of Football Operations following the club’s takeover by English company Global Future Sports.

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Dean Holdsworth: Premier League Statistics

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