Darren Kelly

First Team Manager & Coach

  • Date Joined: 6th June 2016
A UEFA Pro licensed football manager and coach who successfully transitioned into team leadership, player development and elite
coaching following a highly successful 18 year career as a professional player in England and Ireland.


A passionate and forward thinking professional who understands the changing landscape of the modern game, focusing on technical skill, positional versatility, high intensity and an attacking style to build teams capable of competing at the highest level. Possesses an expansive network of contacts throughout the Premier League, Championship and entire Football League that can be effectively utilised in the transfer market and to acquire elite young players on loan.
Darren Kelly

Qualifications/Accreditation

  • The Football Association: Youth Modules 1-3

    The Football Association
    Youth Modules 1-3

  • The Football Association: Player & Match Analysis

    The Football Association
    Player & Match Analysis

  • The Football Association: Fitness for Football

    The Football Association
    Fitness for Football

  • The Football Association: Level2 Futsal Award

    The Football Association
    Level2 Futsal Award

  • League Managers Association: Creating a Culture of Excellence

    League Managers Association
    Creating a Culture of Excellence

  • UEFA: Pro Licence

    UEFA
    Pro Licence

  • UEFA: A Licence

    UEFA
    A Licence

Career History

  • Hyde United FC

    Hyde United FC
    First Team Manager
    2016 – Present

  • Sunderland AFC

    Sunderland AFC
    Academy Coach
    2015 – 2015

  • Halifax Town FC

    Halifax Town FC
    First Team Manager
    2015 – 2015

  • Oldham Athletic AFC

    Oldham Athletic AFC
    First Team Manager
    2015 – 2015

  • The Football Association

    The Football Association
    Coach Mentor
    2014 – 2015

  • York City FC

    York City FC
    Head of Youth Coaching
    2013 – 2015

  • York City FC

    York City FC
    Youth Development Phase Lead Coach
    2012 – 2015

  • York City FC

    York City FC
    Head of Foundation Phase Lead Coach (9s - 11s)
    2012 – 2014

  • Scarborough Athletic FC

    Scarborough Athletic FC
    Player / 1st Team Coach
    2012 – 2013

  • Garforth Town FC

    Garforth Town FC
    Player / 1st Team Coach
    2010 – 2012

  • York City FC

    York City FC
    1st Team Coach
    2009 – 2012

  • York City FC

    York City FC
    Football in the Community Development Officer
    2009 – 2012

  • Leeds United FC

    Leeds United FC
    Academy Coach (U10 - U16)
    2008 – 2012

  • Carlisle United FC

    Carlisle United FC
    Youth Team Assistant Manager
    2003 – 2005

  • Liverpool FC

    Liverpool FC
    U14 Academy Coach
    2002 – 2003

Key Achievements

  • Northern Counties East League Premier Division Champions 2012/13 with Scarborough
  • Won the 2009/10 West Riding Cup and reached the 2010/11 Northern Premier League play-off final with Garforth Town
  • 1st Team Coach with York City when they achieved promotion to League Two and won the FA Trophy in 2011/12
  • Delivered strength & conditioning and SAQ sessions to York City’s players as 1st Team Coach as well as contributing to performance as a sports therapist
  • Coached various age groups within Leeds United’s academy as the club progressed from League One to Championship level
  • Supported the Youth Team Manager in the planning, delivery and coordination of training sessions
  • Over the three season period, numerous youth players went on to achieve professional contracts at the club

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