He is certainly well known to the current management team at Turf Moor. Walsh was number two to Sam Ellis at Bury and stepped up to the manager’s job when Sam left to go with Peter Reid to Manchester City.
He then took Stan Ternent as his number two before Stan himself replaced Walsh when he moved on.
More recently he was sacked along with another ex-Claret Adrian Heath on the same day as Sunderland had their big clear out. The two of them went along with Peter Reid, Bobby Saxton and Tony Book. He had been working at Sunderland as European scout obviously responsible for such top signings as Stanislav Varga and Lillian Laslandes to name but two.
He takes over the Sandgrounders with them in 9th place in the Conference although they are eleven points adrift of the play off places.