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Dunny leaves Rovers role

Under-23s assistant coach calls time on his career with the club

22 June 2018

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David Dunn has decided to leave his role as Rovers Under-23s' assistant coach to pursue career opportunities away from Ewood Park.

The local favourite, who made 377 appearances in two spells at the club, returned to Rovers in February 2016 to join the backroom staff at Brockhall.

After helping to guide Rovers' development squad to the Premier League 2 Division 2 title last season, Dunny has decided to call time on his day-to-day duties with the club.

The 38-year-old said: "I have enjoyed every minute of my time working alongside Damien Johnson, Tony Mowbray and such a talented group of players and staff at the club.

“Damien is someone I’ve known and had a good relationship with for over 20 years. He is a terrific role model and influence on the club’s young players and I am sure he will go from strength to strength.   

“Similarly, Tony is one of the most honest and genuine guys I have ever met, and he has the club’s best interests at heart. I have learned a lot from him over the past 18 months and I firmly believe that the club is in very safe hands with him at the helm.

"Whilst it was a difficult decision to leave, I'm pleased to be doing so on the back of a really successful season for the club.

"Football will always play a big part in my life, but I have other interests which I want to concentrate on now and I'm looking forward to the next chapter in my career.

"I want to thank the club for providing me with the opportunity to develop as a coach and I wish the first team and the Under-23s the best of luck next season.

"The club will always have my full support."

Manager Tony Mowbray added: "I’m disappointed he’s going, because I had 15 games working with David at the end of the last Championship campaign and he’s a great guy.

“I think he will be a loss to the club, but it’s David’s choice and we have to respect that.

“He has some business interests and a few other things he wants to do in his life at this moment, and we wish him all the best.”

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