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Danny Coyne was surprisingly axed at Shrewsbury Town just over two weeks ago. He was the goalkeeping coach there and took over as caretaker manager during last season, winning five out of six games.

0607 burnley danny coyne 00That earned him the assistant manager role when Sam Ricketts came in from Wrexham as manager, but Ricketts axed him at the end of May to allow him to bring in Graham Barrow who he had worked with at Wrexham.

Two weeks on, and Coyne is back in football with Middlesbrough where he ended his playing career, his last game coming in a 1-1 derby draw against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light alongside Rhys Williams and Lukas Jutkiewicz, two other players to wear our colours. That was in the FA Cup and he was forced off with an injury in that game which called time on his career; his final league came had come a week earlier at Coventry.

Middlesbrough parted company with manager Tony Pulis at the end of last season, along with his assistant Sam Ellis, and it was just about common knowledge immediately that Jonathan Woodgate was going to replace him, although Middlesbrough claim to have gone through a robust process, speaking with a number of potential candidates.

Earlier this week both Robbie Keane and Liam Rosenior confirmed they had been approached to join his team. Rosenior declined but Middlesbrough have confirmed this morning that Keane will be the assistant manager even though Woodgate carries the title of head coach. They are joined by Uruguayan Leo Percovich, a coach at Middlesbrough until Christmas 2017 when he lost two daughters in a road accident, and Coyne who will be the new goalkeeping coach.

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