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Gerrard leaves Latics

21 June 2013

Goalkeeper coach to join Doncaster

Goalkeeping coach Paul Gerrard has left Latics to link up with former manager Paul Dickov at Championship club Doncaster Rovers.

Gerrard (pictured), who played as a professional for Latics between 1991/96, returned as goalkeeping coach three years ago.

He also had a spell as joint caretaker manager with Tony Philliskirk following Dickov's departure in January.

Manager Lee Johnson says 40-year-old Gerrard leaves with his good wishes, though he admitted his departure is a setback.

He explained: "It is the first disappointment since I have been here.

"I am disappointed to lose Paul as we got on well and I enjoyed working with him.

"There are no hard feelings and I wish Paul all the best at Doncaster which is a great club."

Johnson added it is important to go into the season with a settled backroom team.

"I am shrewd and have made provisions to bring somebody in as good as Paul, if not better," he said.

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