SUNDERLAND coach Darren Kelly has been appointed the new manager at Oldham Athletic.
Kelly, who holds a UEFA Pro Licence, will start his new role on June 1, with Dean Holden named as his Number 2.
The 35-year-old Northern Irishman was a defender at Derry City, Carlisle, Portadown and York and the Oldham job is his first managerial role.
Kelly said: “I am delighted that the board of Oldham Athletic Football Club have seen fit to appoint me as the club’s new manager.
“It is a role that I accept with immense pride and one which I am fully focussed on and committed to.
“As well as a wealth of playing and coaching experience, I pledge to Oldham Athletic and its supporters unwavering commitment and a desire to succeed.
“I am looking forward to building on the achievements of Oldham Athletic and driving the club to new levels of success.
“I ask the Oldham fans to believe in me and get behind the club whole heartedly as we embark on an exciting new era,” added Kelly, who was speaking to the Oldham website.
Latics’ Chairman, Simon Corney, said: “We are delighted to have in place a young, fresh and dynamic management team reflecting our ambitions on and off the field.
“From the moment we first met with him, Darren impressed the board with his infectious enthusiasm, undoubted drive and energy and a confidence in his ability to deliver success for our football club.”
Holden, also 35, had been in temporary charge after Lee Johnson moved to Barnsley in February.