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Graham Coughlan and Darren Currie - who are Sheffield United's new coaches?

Sheffield United have hired Graham Coughlan and Darren Currie to their academy setup.

In a statement, the club says Coughlan and Currie will be overseeing the Under-23s in the absence of Paul Heckingbottom.

Heckingbottom is of course in charge of the first team until the end of the season. Coughlan and Currie have also been given their roles until the conclusion of 2020/21.

The latter may be more familiar to Blades fans as he is the nephew of club legend Tony Currie.

Yet the 46-year-old has enjoyed some managerial success in his own right at Barnet.

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Currie led them for two seasons, reaching the National League playoff semi-finals last term before departing. He also oversaw the FA Cup third round victory over United in January 2019.

With senior experience, getting Currie to join the youth setup at Bramall Lane could be seen as something of a coup.

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Coughlan has enjoyed even more success in the dugout, having managed in the EFL at both Bristol Rovers and Mansfield Town.

Part of the coaching staff at Rovers, the Irishman took caretaker charge in December 2018 after the departure of Darrell Clarke.

Coughlan did well at the Memorial Stadium and was given the job permanently the following January. Rovers were fourth in League One when he decided to leave in December of that year.

Coughlan lives in Sheffield and as BBC Sport reports, that was part of the reason he decided to drop down a division to take over at Mansfield in League Two.

But after a poor start to this season the 46-year-old was sacked in October.

Having both Coughlan and Currie overseeing Under-23s duty is quite impressive. Although it was a similar story with Heckingbottom, who had managed Barnsley, Leeds United and Hibernian before taking the job.

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