Kelly says no to permanent role

Rob Kelly, the popular assistant manager of Barrow AFC has today rules himself out of taking up the manager’s role on a permanent basis.

The Club have today (Friday 14th May) issued a statement on the official website explaining the situation, in it they say:

“Rob Kelly has confirmed to the Club that he does not wish to take up the vacant First Team Manager’s position at The Progression Solicitors Stadium.

The Bluebirds’ Assistant Manager took temporary charge of First Team affairs in February and oversaw a run of results which helped keep the Club in League Two.

Since the 2020/21 season ended, the Board has been in discussions with Rob around taking the job of First Team Manager on a permanent basis.

However, Rob has now informed the Club that he does not wish to be considered for the role and we are therefore welcoming applications from other interested parties.

Chairman Paul Hornby continued “I would like to thank Rob for his contribution during the past season,”

“I also thank him for his honesty during our discussions and for providing a decision in a timely fashion, which now gives us the opportunity to move forward quickly with alternative plans.

“It’s another big summer for the Club and we won’t waste a second in bringing the right man in to take us forward and ensure we can enjoy a strong 2021/22 in the EFL.”

The news will come as a real blow to Barrow AFC fans who have taken Kelly to their hearts as he guided the club to safety, dubbing the team “Kelly’s Heroes” in the process, it is not yet known whether Rob will stay at the Club in some capacity or not.

In another blow, midfielder Josh Kay has announced on his twitter feed that he will be leaving the club, earlier this afternoon he posted:

“Made some amazing memories over my 3 seasons here. Also met some good people, good luck for the future.”

In his three seasons at the club Josh made 103 starts for the Bluebirds scoring 14 goals, some of which will etched in the fans memories for years to come. The late winner against Walsall and the overhead kick which sealed the win over Hartlepool being the stand out moments.

Written By
Mark Curwen

Mark Curwen

Bowls Editor

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