After retiring in 2003, the 44 year old has been working in the media.

Rovers chairman John Williams said: "Pulling together a new backroom team with the right balance of skills, experience and ideas is important."

Winterburn's most successful years were spent with the Gunners and he was part of the Arsenal back four that claimed league titles in 1989, 1991 and 1998 and a host of cup successes.