LEEDS UNITED are set to add to Uwe Rosler’s backroom team by bringing in Julian Darby as their new first-team coach.
Farnworth-born Darby, 47, has considerable experience in the coaching sphere, with his last position coming at United’s Championship rivals Nottingham Forest – where he had two spells with Billy Davies.
Darby left Forest for the second time in March 2014 along with Davies, assistant David Kelly and adviser Jim Price.
During his second stint at the City Ground, Darby also worked with Rob Kelly, part of the management team there under Davies for a spell and he is destined to again link up with the 50-year-old at Elland Road.
Kelly was confirmed as Rosler’s assistant head coach earlier this month.
Darby’s coaching career began at Preston North End and he became first-team coach under Davies before linking up with the Scot when he left for Derby County in 2006.
He followed Davies to Nottingham in January 2009, only to leave following his departure and the appointment of Steve McLaren in June 2011.
Following a spell with hometown club Bolton as an under-16s academy coach, he assisted former Trotters’ team mate Jimmy Phillips during his brief stint as caretaker manager following Owen Coyle’s sacking in October 2012.
He returned for a second spell at Forest as first-team coach to Davies in February 2013 and spent 13 months with the Reds.
In his playing days, Darby was a midfielder with Bolton, Coventry, West Brom, Preston and Carlisle.
Alongside the appointment of Rosler and Kelly, United have also added goalkeeping coach Richard Hartis to their backroom line-up ahead of the 2015-16 campaign after he arrived from Championship rivals Cardiff City.
New head of recruitment Martyn Glover has also joined Leeds after leaving an identical role at West Ham.
Meanwhile, Wigan Athletic are being linked with a move to bring Billy Sharp across the Pennines to the DW Stadium.
The Latics, who have this week sold James McClean to West Brom, have already been busy in the transfer market, bringing in Rotherham captain Craig Morgan, keeper Richard O’Donnell and midfielder David Perkins as they seek to return to the Championship at the first time of asking – and thought to be keen on Sharp.
Sharp’s former club Sheffield United have also been credited with an interest in bringing the 29-year-old back to Bramall Lane, although manager Nigel Adkins played down reports earlier this month.
Sharp enjoyed a fruitful stint under Adkins at Scunthorpe United and Southampton, before the 50-year-old signed him on loan at Reading.
Despite professing a long-standing admiration for Sharp, Adkins – speaking earlier this month – commented: “Sharpy is a Leeds United player at this point in time, simple as that.
“We’ve always known him; we had him at Scunthorpe and sold him to United, then we took him to Southampton with us and brought him in on loan at Reading, too.
“But we’ve got to first get in there when the players come back, assess the personnel we already have at our disposal and then go from there.”
United’s White Rose derby at Doncaster Rovers in the first round of the Capital One Cup has been selected for TV coverage and will be shown live on Sky Sports on Thursday, August 13 (7.45pm).
As a result, the Whites’ trip to Reading, scheduled for Saturday, August 15, has now been put back 24 hours to Sunday, August 16 (3pm).
The game at the Keepmoat Stadium will be Rosler’s first competitive away match in charge of the Whites.
Leeds are unbeaten in six matches in all competitions at the Keepmoat, winning five, with Rovers having not beaten United on home soil since way back in August 1951.
Leeds have won on their last four visits in all competitions to Doncaster.
August’s game sees Doncaster-born Alex Mowatt return to his hometown club, having made his debut at the Keepmoat for Leeds in the Capital One Cup win there almost two years ago.