EX-Derry City defender Darren Kelly has been sensationally sacked by FC Halifax Town after just seven weeks in charge of the National League outfit.
The 36 year-old Derry man had signed a one year deal last month with an option of an extension for an undisclosed period.
However, with the club currently bottom of the National League, Kelly had that contract terminated by ‘mutual consent’ after just 10 games in charge!
Out of those 10 games at the helm, Kelly’s side suffered a 7-1 defeat to Cheltenham, a 7-0 loss at Grimsby and his final match in charge was last Saturday’s 6-3 home defeat to Braintree which left Halifax 10 points adrift of safety.
Kelly’s previous job in management was at League One side, Oldham, where he was sacked after just nine games earlier this season, but he was straight back in the management game across the Pennines with Halifax less than three weeks later.
Halifax released the following statement: “Following a disappointing run of league results, it’s been mutuality agreed between the board and Darren Kelly that he steps down from his position at FC Halifax Town.
Following a disappointing run of league results, it’s been mutuality agreed between the board and Darren Kelly that he steps down from his position at FC Halifax Town.FC Halifax Town
“Notwithstanding a back drop of difficult circumstances and a short time period, it’s been felt that an up-lift in performance and results has not been forthcoming - despite further first team investment.”
Kelly’s short tenure at Halifax began with that 7-1 loss to Cheltenham but results failed to improve as his second game ended in a 3-0 home defeat to Woking.
The former Carlisle United and York City centre half’s second away game in charge of the ‘Shaymen’ was a 7-0 trouncing against a rampant Grimbsy Town at Blundell Park.
And Saturday’s latest heavy defeat against Braintree proved to be the final straw for the Halifax board.