Alan Kelly

Where is Alan Kelly now?

Former Sheffield United keeper Alan Kelly hung up his gloves in 2004 after a five-year spell at Blackburn Rovers having played top flight football for a total of 19 years.

Starting his career with Preston North End in 1985 he went onto make over 450 first team appearances with five teams winning the League Cup during his time at Blackburn Rovers.

He was also a Republic of Ireland international winning 34 caps and he was also part of the squad for the 1994 and 2002 FIFA World Cup Finals.


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Upon retiring from playing Kelly went into coaching and returned to former side Preston as head of academy goalkeeping before leaving in 2017 having left a fine legacy of developing goalkeepers including Jordan Pickford and Sam Johnstone.

In October 2017 Kelly made a return to club football as temporary goalkeeping coach at Everton working under caretaker manager David Unsworth with whom he also worked with at Preston North End.

He returned to Everton once more in December 2019 as a temporary coach when Duncan Ferguson was appointed caretaker manager and stayed on in the role on a permanent basis when Carlo Ancelotti took over as manager.

Alongside his club coaching, he is also in his second spell as goalkeeper coach for the Republic of Ireland national team having originally coached them from 2005 until 2013, returning to the role in 2018.

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Alan Kelly: Premier League Statistics

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