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Blackburn Appoint McPhillips And Bring In Kinder from Carlisle

Blackburn Rovers have appointed Terry McPhillips as Assistant Manager and Tony Grant as first-team coach.

McPhillips, 44, had previously worked alongside boss Gary Bowyer with the club’s Under 21 side and assisted him when he was in caretaker charge of the club last season.

Former Everton midfielder Grant, 38, also helped newly appointed boss Bowyer narrowly avoid Championship relegation.

“They look forward to pushing the club forward and are determined to make this a success,” said Bowyer

“They are both very hardworking and share the same values as myself, and played a massive part in what we did last season in keeping the club up.”

Eric Kinder has also returned to Ewood Park from Carlisle and will become Under-21 head coach, assisted by Colin Hendry.

“It is important that you try and get people who care about the club or have an affiliation with it, and Eric certainly has that,” Bowyer added.

“It is a very good appointment for us, because Carlisle have produced a number of players through Eric’s youth team and whilst I’m sure they’ll be sad to see him go, we are delighted to have him on board.”

Kinder who is out of contract at Carlisle is currently understood to be on holiday but his move is expected to be finalised later this week.

Under Kinder’s watch several youngsters including Brad Potts, Mark Beck, Dave Symington and Mark Gillespie made the step up to the Cumbrians first-team and his job will now be to nurture Rovers talented younger players.

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