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.

A Republic of Ireland international, Kelly won 34 caps and was part of the squad for the 1994 and 2002 FIFA World Cup Finals.

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Since retiring from playing he has stayed in the game as a goalkeeping coach and has worked both in the UK and the USA.

Kelly started his coaching career at Preston as head of academy goalkeeping before a move to first team goalkeeping coach on a temporary basis before being replaced when Graham Westley was appointed manager in 2012.

When Simon Grayson replaced Westley in 2013, he re-appointed Kelly as first team goalkeeping coach.

Alongside his club coaching, Kelly was the goalkeeper coach for the Republic of Ireland national team from 2005 until 2013 returning to the role in 2018.

In 2017, Kelly designed, delivered and completed the first UEFA Goalkeeper A License on behalf of the Football Association of Ireland.

Later on that year Kelly left his coaching role at Preston North End leaving 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.

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