Darren Kelly: Oldham Athletic name Sunderland coach as boss

Darren Kelly
Darren Kelly is a former Northern Ireland Under-21 international

Oldham Athletic have appointed Sunderland coach Darren Kelly as their new manager from 1 June on a two-year deal, with Dean Holden his assistant.

Kelly, 35, will be in his first managerial role after gaining his Uefa Pro Licence.

The Northern Irishman was a defender at Derry City, Carlisle, Portadown and York.

Holden, also 35, had been in temporary charge of the first team after Lee Johnson moved to Barnsley in February.

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Kelly determined to prove himself

"It think it is a great time to come in as I'll get to chat to the players before the off season," Kelly told BBC Radio Manchester.

"I'm a young, aspiring modern-day manager, if it's manager you want to call it as I'll be involved in every training session.

"I understand that I'll have to go out and prove [myself] to a lot of people.

"Is it a risk? Absolutely. From the supporters, the chairman and the board side of it, but do I think it is a risk? No, and I think I'll prove that."

Oldham finished 15th in League One, seven points above the relegation places, after a 1-1 draw against Peterborough in Sunday's final game.

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