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Robert Anthony Kelly (born December 21, 1964) is an English former footballer and manager. he is the assistant manager at Sheffield Wednesday .He was previously manager of Leicester City.



Playing career

Kelly began his career at Leicester City, making his debut as a 19-year-old in a home game against Sunderland A.F.C. at the end of the 1983/84 season. After making 18 starts for the Foxes (plus nine substitute appearances) and scoring one goal, he joined Wolverhampton Wanderers in 1986. During his spell at Wolves they achieved two successive league championship wins. As a youngster, he also received a call up to represent the Republic of Ireland at youth level.


Coaching career

In 1989, Kelly was forced to retire aged just 24 after sustaining a back injury, and initially took the job of youth team coach at Wolves. He then trained as a journalist at the Wolverhampton Express & Star, before returning to football, first back in the Wolves coaching set-up, then moving to Watford as youth team coach, Blackburn Rovers as Academy Director, and then Leicester City.

After the sacking of Leicester manager Craig Levein, following 18 months in charge, Kelly stepped up from his assistant manager role to take control on a caretaker basis.

In his first ten games in charge, his team took 21 points from a possible 30, steering the side up the Championship table and away from the threat of relegation to League One. He was awarded the Championship Manager of the Month award for March 2006. This followed wins over relegation rivals Hull City and Millwall, as well as victory against Luton Town and a creditable draw against Premiership-bound Reading. In recognition of his achievements, on 14 April 2006 he signed a one-year rolling contract, confirming his status as manager.

On 11 April 2007 Kelly was sacked due to a poor run of results, his final game being a 3-0 defeat away to Plymouth Argyle. He was replaced by Nigel Worthington until the end of the season.

In May 2007 he joined Preston North End as part of the club's coaching staff.[1] On 13 November 2007 he stepped up from his position as assistant manager to become caretaker manager, after the sacking of manager Paul Simpson.[2] However, Kelly spent just a week in the temporary position and didn't oversee any first team action, as Alan Irvine was appointed as the Club's new manager on 20 November 2007, meaning Kelly reverted to his role as assistant.

Kelly again acted as caretaker manager following the departure of Alan Irvine in December 2009, a 7-0 FA Cup win over Colchester his only game in charge. However, he left the club following the appointment of Darren Ferguson as manager, only to be re-united with Alan Irvine at Sheffield Wednesday once more as assistant manager.

Managerial statistics

Last updated 13 November 2007.

Team Nat From To Record
G W L D Win %
Leicester City England January 25, 2006 April 11, 2007 64 21 23 20 32.81
Preston North End
England 13 November 2007 0 0 0 0 -


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