Rory Delap

Where is Rory Delap now?

Having spent nearly 20 years as a professional footballer, Rory Delap retired from playing in 2013 after a brief spell with Burton Albion.

Renowned for his work rate, fitness and famed for his long throws, Delap was a popular figure at all of his former clubs especially at Stoke City where he was instrumental in getting them promoted to the Premier League for the first time in 2008.

He was also a Republic of Ireland international player but due to bad-timed injuries he only managed to win 11 caps.
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Upon retiring from playing Delap returned to former club Derby County to work at the club’s academy as their under-18’s coach.

He was promoted to head coach of the under-21’s side in February 2016 when the club had a management reshuffle after the departure of manager Paul Clement, and the subsequent appointment of academy director Darren Wassall as the first team manager.

In an extremely successful three months, Delap’s U21 side won the Division Two title before moving roles to work as Professional Development Phase Coach.

In 2018 he made a return to former club Stoke City as one of manager Gary Rowett’s backroom staff.

When Rowett was sacked, Delap stayed as assistant manager under new manager Nathan Jones and stepped in for one game as caretaker manager when the Welsh man was sacked in November 2019.

He has continued in his coaching role under current manager Michael O’Neill.

Delap’s son Liam has followed in his father’s footsteps and signed for Manchester City in 2019.

Follow on Twitter @RoryJDelap

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Rory Delap: Premier League Statistics

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Premier League Teams Played forDerby County, Southampton, Stoke City, Sunderland

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