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Uwe Rosler believes assistant Rob Kelly will be influential at Leeds United

4 June 2015

Leeds United boss Uwe Rosler believes Rob Kelly will be influential at Leeds United, following his appointed as assistant head coach.

Kelly will work alongside head coach Rosler, who succeeded Neil Redfearn in the role in May, and has signed a two-year deal at the club.

The 50-year-old was forced to retire as a player at the age of 24 due to a back injury but was most recently joint assistant head coach at West Bromwich Albion. He departed The Hawthorns in January, a week after Alan Irvine had been sacked.

He had a spell as assistant manager at Leicester City and, after stepping in as caretaker following Craig Levein's departure, was appointed boss in April 2006.

He was dismissed a year later though, and senior coaching roles followed at Preston North End, Sheffield Wednesday and Nottingham Forest, and he had spells as caretaker manager at each of those clubs.

Rosler said of the appointment on Leeds' official website: "I felt that it would be very good to have such an experienced coach like Rob next to me.

"He knows this league in and out and he knows the players in and out. He's good on the training field.

"I was always looking to bring in somebody experienced who has worked at this level for quite some time - I think that Rob is a very good option.

"We have known each other for a while and I think it's a good option for everybody involved.

"He's the second man in command. He will be influential in the day-to-day running of our team in terms of training sessions.

"He will be important in terms of matchdays and he'll be my close ally."

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