Former Sheffield Wednesday player of the year joins Sheffield United coaching staff
A former Hillsborough fan favourite has joined the post-Chris Wilder coaching staff at Sheffield United.
Graham Coughlan, who won the Owls player of the year award for the 2005/06 season, played 51 league matches for Wednesday in the heart of defence. A powerful, no nonsense defender, he regularly stood in for Lee Bullen as Wednesday captain.
The Irishman moved into coaching after his retirement from playing in 2013, going on to manage at Bristol Rovers and at Mansfield Town.
Together with former Barnet boss Darren Currie, Coughlan arrives at Bramall Lane to step into the shoes of former Blades under-23s boss Paul Heckingbottom, who has been elevated into first team involvement since Wilder’s shock departure earlier this month.
A statement released by United confirming the move made no reference to Coughlan’s two-year stint at Wednesday, which ended in 2007 when he was released.
“United's U23s will have two new faces in the dugout for hosting of QPR on Monday,” it read.
“Following Paul Heckingbottom's elevation to the first team, the Blades have added Darren Currie Graham Coughlan to the U23 coaching ranks until the end of the season.
“Currie, nephew of Blades legend Tony, enjoyed a long-playing career which took in spells at the likes of Shrewsbury, Barnet, Wycombe and Ipswich. He has since coached and managed Dagenham and Redbridge and Barnet.
“Coughlan also enjoyed a notable playing career with the likes of Plymouth, Rotherham and Shrewsbury to name a few, and following the end of his playing days, managed Bristol Rovers and Mansfield Town.”