A long-term associate of Neil Warnock, Kevin Blackwell arrived at Rockliffe with the Boro boss in June 2020.

Blackwell, a former goalkeeper with over 400 career appearances, was assistant to Warnock to Sheffield United before he followed his own career in management that saw him take Leeds United to within touching distance of a Premier League return in 2006.

Blackwell also managed Luton, Sheffield United, and Bury before rejoining Warnock at Queens Park Rangers in 2015.