dean saunders
DEAN
SAUNDERS

Dean Saunders was most recently manager of Chesterfield.

Previously, Saunders was appointed interim manager of Crawley Town after John Gregory stepped down for health reasons.

Born in Swansea, Saunders began his playing career with home town club. He is probably best known for playing for Aston Villa. However he also played for Swansea City, Cardiff City (on loan), Brighton, Oxford United, Derby County, Liverpool, Galatasaray, Nottingham Forest, Sheffield United, Benfica and Bradford City. Saunders won 75 caps for Wales and was a FA Cup winner with Liverpool.

Saunders became a coach at Bradford after his retirement, and then moved to Newcastle United in 2004, initially coaching forwards, and was then promoted to first-team coach under old boss Graeme Souness.

Saunders started the Certificate in Football Management course at the University of Warwick Business School in June 2007. In the same month and year, Saunders was appointed assistant manager to John Toshack for the Wales national football team beginning a new era with the national team assisting the development of many young promising talents.

Hugely-respected coach Saunders the number one target for The Red Dragons when former Villa manager Brian Little parted company after 11 months with Wrexham. Saunders was given the task of rescuing Wrexham from non-league football after Wales' oldest club suffered relegation from the Football League. Saunders was also permitted to combine the role with his position as assistant manager of Wales.

Saunders who has also coached at Blackburn, was in charge at Conference side Wrexham from October 2008 until September 2011. At the time of his departure from Wrexham, the club were in second place in the BSB Premier, when he joined Doncaster.

Similarly when he joined Wolves from Doncaster, the club were placed 2nd in npower League One.

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