David Holdsworth
David
Holdsworth

David Holdsworth was most recently manager of Goole after managing for two seasons at Lincoln City.

Charismatic manager David Holdsworth was appointed as Billy McEwan's successor at Field Mill on December 29th, bringing to an end much speculation as to the name of the new boss.

The former centre half, was once signed by Trevor Francis at Birmingham City for £1.25m where he clocked up almost a century of appearances at St Andrews.

His longest spell as a player was with Watford where he spent 10 years, making 291 first team appearances for the Hornets and playing under former England manager Graham Taylor.

Having spent a decade at Vicarage Road, Holdsworth moved to Bramall Lane in 1996 for £450,000. He was made Sheffield United's captain and made over 100 appearances for the Blades.

Holdsworth also made one appearance for the England Under-21's. He recorded well over 550 first team games during a long and distinguished career.

He is the brother of Dean, who was most notably a member of Joe Kinnear's ‘Crazy Gang' at Wimbledon and like David, also manages in non-league football with Welsh outfit Newport County.

The new Stags manager cut his teeth at Gretna in Scotland, under the stewardship of Brooks Mileson where he won the league title as Reserve team manager. Unfortunately for Holdsworth, he had to leave because of financial problems, which later saw Gretna go out of business.

Holdsworth then found himself at Stadium:MK in a coaching role, but declined the offer to assist then manager Paul Ince. In the summer of 2008, he was appointed the new manager of Unibond Premier League side Ilkeston Town, under the new chairmanship of Chek Whyte.

The former Birmingham defender was also offered the chance to be the new manager of Grimsby Town earlier in the season, following the departure of Alan Buckley, but Holdsworth chose not to go to Blundell Park. The Mariners have since appointed former Blackburn Rovers striker Mike Newell.

But despite Whyte's best efforts to keep him at the New Manor Ground, Holdsworth decided to cut his teeth in the Conference at Field Mill and subsequently wasted no time in making his mark. Bringing in seven new players with further additions planned before the end of the transfer window. He is also prepared to move players on with Jason Lee heading to Conference rivals Kettering Town.

The 40-year old enjoyed his first game in charge, with a 1-0 victory at home over Crawley Town.

 

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