Kelly returns to Scarborough as manager

New Scarborough Athletic manager Darren Kelly

Darren Kelly is back at Scarborough Athletic after becoming their new manager.

His first game in charge will be the big local derby with Whitby Town on Saturday.

The former Oldham Athletic, FC Halifax Town and Hyde United boss replaces John Deacey who was axed 24 hours ago after a poor run of form.

Kelly, who once played for Garforth Town, had a brief spell with the Seadogs at the end of his playing career.

His most recent managerial stint was with Hyde with whom he enjoyed great success. At the end of last season he became their sporting director – a role he left recently.

Chairman Trevor Bull added: “I’m absolutely delighted that we’ve been able to bring Darren to the football club.

“Obviously he wasn’t our best friend when he knocked us out of the FA Cup with Hyde a couple of years ago, but that is when he first came to our attention.

“He is a young, ambitious manager that shares our belief that we can move this club forward in a positive way.

“Sometimes things all fall in to place and we decided that it was time for a change in manager. That coincided with Darren departing Hyde United.

“We made contact and arranged to meet him. We’d recently gone through a recruitment process where we had 50 applicants. At this stage of the season we needed to move quickly.

“We need to get behind the players now because getting on their backs isn’t going to help.

“We have a great opportunity against Staithes where we can show how we can support our club.

“Due to prior commitments Darren won’t be there for the Staithes game, but on Saturday, in the derby game against Whitby, we are hoping fans come down in force and give him a real welcome to the club.”

2 thoughts on “Kelly returns to Scarborough as manager

  1. Must admit I was surprised at this one. I’d have thought it was a bit far for him to travel since I think he’s Lancs based or v far W Yorks at best. Surely they can’t be making him full time, when they have money constraints? Be interesting to see how this goes.

  2. He lives just outside Malton, not far from Scarborough at all. I would be extremely surprised – and rather annoyed with the board – if he is employed on a full-time basis.

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