Dean Wilkins
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WILKINS

Dean Wilkins was confirmed as the first team coach at Sheffield United on 2nd June, joining Nigel Adkins.

Wilkins was assistant to Nigel at Reading and previously, first team coach of Southampton in the Barclays Premier League.

During his time with the club, he helped guide The Saints to victory in the Football League Trophy final on 28 March 2010 at Wembley, securing the club's first trophy since 1976.

When Nigel Adkins was appointed manager in September 2010, Wilkins was then confirmed as the club's first team coach. Further success was then to follow as Southampton secured successive promotions back to the top flight of English football.

Wilkins, younger brother of Ray Wilkins took his first steps into football management when appointed caretaker boss at Brighton following Mark McGhee's resignation in early September 2006.

As a player, he was known with distinction at Brighton, for having an excellent passing ability and delivery from free kicks.

In the 1990/1 season, Wilkins secured Brighton a place in the play-offs in division two by scoring in the final minute on the final day of the season.

Brighton won the semi-final 6-2 against Millwall, although the side lost 3-1 to Notts County. Wilkins scored in the final and became the last Brighton player to hit the score at the old Wembley stadium.

Wilkins, began his playing career at QPR in 1980, aged 18. From there moves followed to Brighton (where he spent a large part of his career - 295 league games), PEC Zwolle (only 27 days) and Leyton Orient (10 game loan in 1984).

Wilkins was officially appointed manager of Brighton on September 9, 2006 and would remain in the role until May 2008.

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