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Wilkins joins the Royals

8 July 2013

Experienced coach appointed

Reading Football Club are delighted to announce that hugely-experienced Dean Wilkins is joining as First Team Coach.

Dean worked with our Manager Nigel Adkins and Assistant Manager Andy Crosby at Southampton to great success, and he has travelled with the Royals’ first team this week as they began pre-season training in the Midlands.

Nigel Adkins said, “I’m delighted we’ve been able to bring Dean in to join us. We had an excellent working relationship; myself him and Andy Crosby over the last couple of years and he has a wealth of experience. He is an excellent coach and I am sure he can help keep improving our players.”

50-year-old Dean has great experience on three fronts; as a player, coach and manager. He made more than 400 appearances as a player, the majority for Brighton but also overseas with MyPa in Finland and PEC Zwolle in Holland.

He took over as Brighton manager when former Royal Mark McGhee departed in 2006, and was in charge of Albion for more than 100 games, having been associated with the club for over twenty years in a number of positions.

Ex-Royals boss Alan Pardew then appointed him to his Southampton staff in 2009, and after a spell as caretaker boss at St Mary’s he became a key part of Adkins’ staff, along with Andy Crosby, that earned back-to-back promotions from League One up to the Premier League.

And of course Dean has a great football heritage, with his brothers Ray and Graham playing at the top level, as well as his father George. We would like to wish him every success as he joins us here at Reading Football Club.

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