BRISTOL CITY Holden departs after sixth loss on spin

Bristol City LogoBristol City head coach Dean Holden has been relieved of his duties with immediate effect following six successive defeats.

City confirmed Holden's depature following a 2-0 home league defeat by fifth placed Reading coming swiftly after Saturday's 6-0 setback at third placed Watford.

City have tumbled to 13th in the Championship following five league defeats and failing to score in their last four games, including last Wednesday's 1-0 FA Cup knockout at Premier League basement side Sheffield United.  

In a short statement the top South West football club - who appointed Holden as a replacement for Lee Johnson last August - said: "Following a sixth successive defeat, the Bristol City board have decided that a change of head coach is necessary.

"Assistant head coaches Paul Simpson and Keith Downing will take charge of training until further notice.

"The club would like to thank Dean for his service to the club over the years and we wish him well for the future.

"There will be no further comment at this stage."

Next up? City host 11th placed Barnsley at Ashton Gate on Saturday.

City's last win was a 2-1 home win over struggling Hudderfield on Tuesday January 26, just 21 days ago. 

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