Former Derry City favourite Darren Kelly has got his managerial career off to a positive start after picking up his first victory as Oldham Athletic boss at the weekend.
Kelly was a surprise appointment to the SportsDirect.com Park hot seat back in May following brief spell as a coach with Sunderland. His meteoric rise saw the Creggan man beat off competition from the likes of Ian Dowie for the Latics post and following a 1-1 draw away to Walsall on the opening day, Kelly was delighted to secure his first three points courtesy of Saturday’s 1-0 home win against Fleetwood with Danny Philliskirk the goalscorer.
“It wasn’t the best performance but I will take a win and a clean sheet any day of the week,” admitted the former Portadown and Carlisle defender.
“It was a quick turnaround from Wednesday (against Middlesbrough in the Capital One Cup) but the players battled hard from start to finish and we got that little bit of luck. I’m absolutely delighted with the 1-0 win.
“We have got to defend well and keep clean sheets if we want to progress well in the league. Testament to the players, they battled well and did everything asked of them and happy to come out with the 1-0 win.”
Kelly was full of praise for the commitment and work rate of his players since taking over.
“They have been excellent,” he admitted. “You look at them in training, their commitment, desire and professionalism has been fantastic. I speak to them all the time, individually and as a group, and you can see the hunger in their eyes.”