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Saturday, 21 July, 2001, 10:39 GMT 11:39 UK
Deehan joy at Villa role
John Deehan
Deehan joined Villa as an apprentice
John Deehan has expressed his delight at his appointment as Aston Villa's first-team coach.

Deehan was chosen by Villa boss John Gregory to replace Steve Harrison who recently left to become number two at Middlesbrough.

Deehan has left his first-team coaching role at Huddersfield Town to take up the role at a club he supported and spent a spell at as a striker.

I was a Villa supporter, a Villa player and now returning in this role completes the full set
John Deehan

Deehan joined the Midlands club as an apprentice in 1973 and scored 40 goals in more than 100 appearances.

"I feel like I have won the lottery," he said.

"I am absolutely thrilled to have come back to Villa because you don't realise how big a club they are until you leave.

"I believe in my ability and the Villa manager John Gregory knew how much I wanted to rejoin the club.

"This is the only coaching job I have ever wanted. I was a Villa supporter, a Villa player and now returning in this role completes the full set.

"I can identify with the fans and their desire for success as I used to be one of them."

Gregory added: "John is Villa to the core and he is a very talented coach."

One of Gregory's target's to replace goalkeeping coach Paul Barron, who also moved to Boro, is believed to be Derby coach and former Notts County keeper Eric Steele.

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