Former Derry defender Darren Kelly appointed new manager at FC Halifax Town

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Former Derry City defender Darren Kelly has been appointed the new manager of Halifax Town.

The 36-year-old becomes only Town’s third permanent manager since the new club was formed in 2008 following the departure of Neil Aspin last month.

Terms have been agreed for the rest of this season, with an option to extend his contract.

Kelly’s playing career included spells at Carlisle and York City, while he was also capped 11 times by Northern Ireland at under-21 level.

He joined Oldham after working for the Sunderland academy, but Kelly was sacked after just nine matches at Boundary Park after a 5–1 home defeat by Peterborough September 12.

“I am delighted to be joining such an historic club. This is a fantastic opportunity for me and I am excited about the challenge we have ahead of us,” said Kelly, who will also be joined by assistant Jim Harvey.

“We are delighted to welcome both Darren and Jim to the football club,” said chairman David Bosomworth.

“They are both highly regarded within the game and we are confident they have the drive and ambition to take this club forward.”