Rhodes' dream comes true as he becomes Bunn's assistant

Date published: 18 June 2018

Former Athletic shot-stopper Andy Rhodes is back at Boundary Park after being appointed Frankie Bunn's new assistant manager.

Rhodes played alongside Bunn at Athletic in the late 1980s and was part of the starting line-up in the 1990 League Cup final.

Athletic lost 1-0 to Nottingham Forest at Wembley Stadium.

Following a 15-year playing career in which he made over 400 senior appearances, Rhodes returned to Athletic and worked as goalkeeping coach under Andy Ritchie before working with Joe Royle at Ipswich Town, as well taking in a spell at Preston North End.

Rhodes joins the club from Sheffield Wednesday where he held the role as Head of Goalkeeping since 2010.

Speaking about the appointment, new boss Bunn said: “I am delighted that Andy is here.

“We’ve both got history here, we’ll both work our socks off and we’re going to try and reignite this place.”

Rhodes added: “It’s fantastic, a dream come true.

“I was here as a player in the great days with some really good people and I was fortunate to come back with Andy Ritchie and Iain Dowie as goalkeeping coach.

“The next progression in your life is to go the managerial side and fortunately Frank asked me to do that and I couldn’t wait to get here.”