Date: 15th December 2014 at 3:17pm
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Manager Ian Holloway has today appointed a new first team coach in the shape of Nigel Gibbs.

The 49 year old has extensive coaching experience and he comes in to support assistant manager Marc Bircham and Holloway with the senior squad.

During his playing days at right back, he spent his entire career with Watford, making over 450 appearances for them across a spell of 19 years, and having hung up his boots back in 2002 he stayed at Vicarage Road in a coaching capacity working mostly within their youth and reserve set ups.

He finally left Watford ahead of the 2005/6 season concentrating on boosting his coaching qualifications and then took the job of youth team manager at Reading in 2006.

He was subsequently promoted to the role of first team assistant manager after impressing, helping them to the Premiership during Brian McDermott’s time in charge in 2011/12/

The former England U21 international moved on from Reading in March 2013 following McDermott’s departure, but they linked up again at Leeds a month later, where he stayed until February of this year.

He begins work immediately and will play his part in preparations for the up coming game against Bolton Wanderers.

Speaking to the official site as his appointment was announced, Gibbs said the deal to bring him to the club took only ten minutes to sort out and that he couldn’t now wait to get going.

‘I got a phonecall from Ian and he told me that he is looking to add to his staff. He explained to me what the role was going to be and straight away I said yes. Within ten minutes everything was agreed. I know what Ollie is all about and I’m really looking forward to working with him and the rest of the coaching staff.’

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