He started his managerial career at County's neighbours Rochdale in 2002 but his most successful spell came at Carlisle, whom he led to back-to-back promotions from the Conference to League One in 2005 and 2006.
He left Carlisle to join Preston just weeks after leading them to the third tier but was sacked after less than 18 months, with North End sitting near the Championship relegation zone.
The former Oxford midfielder then took charge of Shrewsbury towards the end of 2007/08 and led them to the play-off final in his first full season in charge, where they lost to Gillingham.
And he was sacked earlier this year with the Shrews five points off the play-offs with two games left.
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