Vital Football

Latest Leicester City News

Would development role suit Kelly?

Would development role suit Kelly?

As the media concern themselves with who might be appointed Leicester City manager, might current 'caretaker' Rob Kelly end up, if not manager, as Director of Football Development?

Kelly has emerged as a hero from a crisis whether he wanted to or not.

Three wins in successive League matches have not saved Leicester's Championship status but have made it much more likely than it seemed when he took over from Craig Levein.

Furthermore Kelly is clearly popular with the players to the unusual extent that individuals like Rab Douglas and Matty Fryatt have publicly said he should be given chance to finish the season in charge.

Surely that will happen but what then?

Fans have recently wondered whether a Director of Football is the way forward and the idea has prompted mixed debate.

It is difficult to define what a Director of Football does but being Director of Football Development might suit Rob Kelly and might be the perfect reward for his presumably much appreciated efforts at the club.

Kelly has presided over a near production line of young players coming through to City's first team squad from the Academy, some of them local players like Richard Stearman, James Wesolowski, and Ashley Chambers.

City had decided on an ideal profile for incoming footballers which complimented their concentration on youth developoment, hence the arrival of other young internationals like Matty Fryatt and Patrick Kisnorbo.

Were Kelly to be DoFD that policy could become synonymous with City and could be followed through indefinitely and it would be work vital to the playing and financial welfare of the club.

Any new manager could be appointed on the basis of his being willing to build a side around that policy which had a presumption of including, say, two or three City Academy graduates each season.

The manager would otherwise be free to bring in such reinforcements as he wanted so long as they fitted the club's declared player profile and Kelly could help with that while still doing as much coaching as he wished.

By such an arrangement the club would be guaranteed continuity in their long term aims whatever managers were to come and go but the manager would not feel in any way threatened.

Kelly has shown himself to be a team player who is popular with all levels of City personnel.

It is by no means certain that he wants the managership full time, insisting that he hasn't applied, that he just goes from day to day and that the Board will do what is right for the club.

With the Newell and Cotterill sagas it is hard to believe the Board viewed Kelly as their first choice as manager at the time of Levein's departure, possibly because of his inexperience, but he may have changed their minds now with his on-field success.

However, if that is not the case or if Kelly doesn't wish to be manager, City will surely not wish to lose him after all he has done and not just in the present predicament.

In which case DoFD might be a sufficiently senior and prestigious job to appeal to him. At least it might be worth thinking about.

Click Club Forums, click 100% football for fans chat. Posters can now win monthly prizes for their contributions.


Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:
Date:Sunday February 12 2006
Time: 1:51PM

Comments

0
Definitely worth thinking about. I for one would like to see Kelly have some role in the club when a new manager is appointed. It would be a travesty if he was shown the door by a new manager after the belief he seems to have given the players and the fans.
bluefox42
12/02/2006 22:15:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Leicester City Articles

Barcelona & Juventus Defender On Leicester Shortlist?

On Saturday it was being reported that Leicester City may have an interest in signing former Barcelona and Juventus centre half Martin Caceres.

Leicester Top Soccer Sevens Table

Leicester City's youngsters ended the opening day of the Hong Kong Soccer Sevens sitting pretty at the top of Group B.

Premier League Asia Trophy Invite For 2017/18

Crystal Palace, Leicester City, Liverpool and West Bromwich Albion have been invited to compete in this summer's Premier League Asia Trophy tournament.

Vardy Gets England Call (26/5/17)

Leicester City's Jamie Vardy has been called up by England manager Gareth Southgate for the coming international games.

Archived Vital Leicester Articles

Vital Leicester articles from

Site Journalists

SvensAmbition
Editor email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Bournemouth MotM
Suggested By:
Schmeichel3%
Simpson0%
Benalouane0%
Fuchs0%
Chilwell8%
Mahrez0%
Ndidi16%
King8%
Albrighton41%
Vardy8%
Slimani8%
Sub - Amartey0%
Sub - Gray8%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Chelsea 38 30 3 5 93 52
2 Spurs 38 26 8 4 86 60
3 Man City 38 23 9 6 78 41
4 Liverpool 38 22 10 6 76 36
5 Arsenal 38 23 6 9 75 33
6 Man Utd 38 18 15 5 69 25
7 Everton 38 17 10 11 61 18
8 Southampton 38 12 10 16 46 -7
9 AFC Bournemouth 38 12 10 16 46 -12
10 WBA 38 12 9 17 45 -8
11 West Ham 38 12 9 17 45 -17
12 Leicester City 38 12 8 18 44 -15
13 Stoke 38 11 11 16 44 -15
14 Crystal Palace 38 12 5 21 41 -13
15 Swansea 38 12 5 21 41 -25
16 Burnley 38 11 7 20 40 -16
17 Watford 38 11 7 20 40 -28
R Hull City 38 9 7 22 34 -43
R Middlesbrough 38 5 13 20 28 -26
R Sunderland 38 6 6 26 24 -40
Vital Football Comment
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Write for Vital Football

Recent Leicester City Results (view all)

Leicester City Fixtures (view all)

Aug 7 2017 12:00AM : Manchester United (H)
Community Shield
The Vital Football Members League