Keeper coach Kelly leaves PNE

Preston North End have announced that goalkeeper coach Alan Kelly has left Deepdale.

The 48-year-old had been North End’s full-time keeper coach since April 2013 but his association with the club goes back all of his life.

The 48-year-old had been North End’s full-time keeper coach since April 2013 but his association with the club goes back all of his life.

He became a full-time coach shortly after Simon Grayson’s arrival in 2013.

North End announced Kelly’s exit in a short statement on their website on Thursday morning.

The statement read: “After a lifetime of association with Preston North End Football Club, both through his father and also Alan’s own playing and coaching career, it is with disappointment, but also grateful thanks for his service that we announce that Alan Kelly has decided that his time as a member of the coaching staff at Preston North End has come to an end.

“This decision is solely Alan’s and he will leave with our thanks and best wishes for the future.

“Alan, his wife Sara and family will always be welcome guests here at Deepdale."

Kelly had been with the North End squad for their 3-2 defeat at Accrington Stanley on Tuesday night and worked with the keepers at Springfields on Wednesday.

It is understood that academy goalkeeper coach Jack Cudworth will fill Kelly’s role for the time being.

After news of his departure went into the public domain, Kelly tweeted: “I return to the stands as a life long fan & wish our great club every success in the future.

“Thanks to all @pnefc #ProudPreston."

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