An ex-National League boss in Darren Currie takes up a role at Sheffield United, finally securing a new job since August 2020.
Up until that point, he had been in charge of now-managerless Barnet, where he impressed but failed to agree a new contract.
He will now link up with the Under 23s team of Sheffield United, months after being linked with League One club Wigan Athletic.
United’s U23s will have two new faces in the dugout for hosting of QPR on Monday (finished 4-0 to the Blades).
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.
* The U23s fixture at Bramall Lane will be broadcast live on Sheffield United’s YouTube Channel.
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On Twitter, Currie said: “Absolutely delighted to be given this opportunity to work with a very talented group of players and learn and develop from the wealth of experience in the coaching department.
Thanks for all the kind messages 🙏🏼 the boys where brilliant today ❤️🖤⚔️”
Darren is an ex-footballer who has played for the likes of Brighton & Hove Albion and Ipswich as a winger before going into management and ended up taking charge at The Hive in 2018.
He made a big impact at the Bees, guiding them into the National League play-offs in recent years whilst also taking them to the FA Cup fourth round when Brentford needed a replay to beat them.
The manager was left gutted and emotional when talking after his side’s 2-0 defeat to Notts County in the National League playoffs.
The Bees had previously knocked out Yeovil Town also with a 2-0 victory at Huish Park, a result which surprised many.
DARREN CURRIE’S CAREER STATS:
1993–1996 – West Ham United
1994–1995 → Shrewsbury Town (loan) – 17 matches (2 goals)
1995 → Leyton Orient (loan) – 10 matches (0 goals)
1996–1998 – Shrewsbury Town – 66 matches (8 goals)
1998 – Plymouth Argyle – 7 matches (0 goals)
1998–2001 – Barnet – 127 matches (19 goals)
2001–2004 – Wycombe Wanderers – 126 matches (14 goals)
2004 – Brighton & Hove Albion – 22 matches (2 goals)
2004–2007 – Ipswich Town – 83 matches (9 goals)
2006–2007 → Coventry City (loan) – 8 matches (0 goals)
2007 → Derby County (loan) – 7 matches (1 goal)
2007–2008 – Luton Town – 31 matches (2 goals)
2008–2010 – Chesterfield – 31 matches (3 goals)
2009–2010 → Dagenham & Redbridge (loan) – 5 matches (0 goals)
2010–2011 – Dagenham & Redbridge – 33 matches (1 goal)
2011 – Boreham Wood – 5 matches (2 goals)
2011–2012 – Hendon – 36 matches (2 goals)
2012–2013 – Dagenham & Redbridge – 0 matches (0 goals)
Total – 614 matches (65 goals)
Dagenham & Redbridge (caretaker) – 21 Dec 2015 until 31 Dec 2015 – 2 games, 1 won, 0 drew, 1 lost, 50.00 % win
Barnet – 28 Dec 2018 until Present – 75 games, 29 won, 25 drew, 21 lost, 38.67 % win
Total – 77 games, 30 won, 25 drew, 22 lost, 38.96 % win
Because of his managerial performance have seen him recognised as a manager with huge potential.
Southend United were one of many clubs at English Football League level expressing an interest in securing his services and Currie did have talks with them before the job went to someone else.
Fans reacted as the ex-National League boss takes up a role at Premier League strugglers Sheffield United…
@Craigsemple69: If we spent as much on the first team as we do on development coaches we would be flying. Redfearn, Heggy, Currie and Coughlan would be decent in any first team set up.
@StevoJW: Congratulations Daz
@BriggsyAFC: Congratulations @rubycurrie one of the best! 🙌🏻
@BoyKingOs: The boy Darren taught me too much 👏🏾
@HittingAreasPod: Congratulations Ruby!! We are delighted for ya 🙌
@Giddyone: Good luck Darren you so deserve this break, our loss is very much their gain, back on the training ground where you belong!
@BladeToothless: Got “some” family name to live up to Darren 😁😁😁 welcome to the Blades family, Good Luck 👍 UTB ⚔️⚔️
@janbfc: Good luck Darren hope all goes well for you 🐝
@PBazza07: Brilliant news mate! Bet you’re looking forward to those demos and 5 a-sides! Wishing you the best of luck in the role
@DanmQpr: Glad you are back in the game @rubycurrie
@waynejoshua1976: Congrats mate, hope to see you back in a managerial hotseat somewhere in the future!
@NoMagRyan: Awesome news and well deserved (we all still bloody miss you though! 😭)
@JNCPod: Great start today. Best of luck, all Blades are behind you.
@RhysMarsh_BFC: Good luck! well deserved
@OnlyBarnet: Lovely to see this, so well deserved. Good luck Darren 🐝