Bristol City coach Holden in frame for Bury job

Walsall assistant manager Dean Holden looks on during the Sky Bet League One match between Northampton Town and Walsall at Sixfields on September 10, 2016 in Northampton, England.

HITC Sport understands Bristol City assistant manager in the frame for League One job.

Walsall assistant manager Dean Holden looks on during the Sky Bet League One match between Northampton Town and Walsall at Sixfields on September 10, 2016 in Northampton, England.

Bristol City assistant manager Dean Holden is under consideration for the vacant manager's job at Bury, HITC Sport understands.

Bury are searching for a new manager after they parted company with Lee Clark at the back end of last month following eight months in charge at Gigg Lane.

The Shakers are currently rock bottom of League One four points adrift of safety after winning just three of their opening 17 games and are facing a real fight to avoid relegation.

Player-coach Ryan Lowe is currently in caretaker charge of Bury having taken charge of the last three games as the club draw up a list of possible replacements for Clark.

Holden is understood to have admirers within the Bury boardroom having impressed working alongside Lee Johnson at Bristol City.

Walsall assistant manager Dean Holden looks on during the Sky Bet League One match between Northampton Town and Walsall at Sixfields on September 10, 2016 in Northampton, England.Dean Holden: Impressing at Bristol City

The 38-year-old joined Bristol City in November 2016 and he has played a key role in helping the club to fourth spot in the Championship this season.

Holden has strong connections in the North West having played for Bolton, Oldham and Rochdale in his playing career and having had had a three-month spell in charge of Oldham after Johnson's departure from the club to Bristol City.

Holden who has all his coaching badges, including the UEFA Pro Licence, is highly-regarded in coaching circles and is thought to be keen to become a manager in his own right again.

Bristol City would not welcome any move from Bury from Holden as they see him as a valuable member of the coaching team at Ashton Gate.

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