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Former favourite looking to go into management

Former Leeds United favourite Gary Kelly is looking to move into football management.

The former Leeds defender, who finished his playing career in 2006, spent his entire career at Elland Road, making over 500 appearances in a 16-year spell in the first team.

Kelly has been taking his coaching badges and after a six year spell out of the game he says he now wants to return in management.

'I have had a nice break from football, but I am ready to get involved again and I hope to move into management," Kelly told Sky Sports.

'I am doing my coaching badges and I am determined to do all I can to become a manager.

'I was lucky enough to enjoy a great career for club and country and I have worked under some great managers so hopefully that will help me in my coaching ambitions.

'I am prepared to start lower down to learn the ropes and management is always something I have thought about doing even when I was playing."

The 38-year-old former Republic of Ireland international made his debut for Leeds in a League Cup tie against Scunthorpe United in 1991 when he came off the bench to replace Carl Shutt in a 3-0 win at Elland Road, in a season where Leeds were crowned the champions of England.

Kelly made two appearances for Leeds in their title-winning season from the bench and after failing to make an appearance the following season, he became a regular in the side from the start of the 1993/94 season.

The likeable Irishman played his part in helping Leeds reach the semi-finals of both the UEFA Cup and Champions League in successive seasons at the turn of the century.

He made his final appearance for the club in a 3-2 defeat at Barnsley in November 2006. He finished his playing career having made 531 appearances for Leeds, with only seven players having made more appearances for the club during their careers.

Kelly also captained the club during his career and he was rewarded with a testimonial in 2002 when Leeds welcomed Glasgow Celtic to Elland Road in a game where he donated the money to charity.

Kelly retired at the age of 32 at the end of the 2006/07 season and in the modern era of the game; it is a rarity to see a player spend his entire career at one club.

Good luck to Gary Kelly as he sets out on the managerial path.

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Date:Tuesday July 2 2013

Time: 2:18PM


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