Former Ports captain parts company with English club

Darren Kelly during his Portadown career. Pic by Pacemaker.

Darren Kelly during his Portadown career. Pic by Pacemaker.

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Former Portadown captain Darren Kelly has left Halifax Town by mutual agreement after just 11 games as manager.

“Following a disappointing run of league results, it’s been mutuality agreed between the Board and Darren Kelly that he steps down from his position at FC Halifax Town,” confirmed a club statement posted on the Halifax Town website. “Notwithstanding a back drop of difficult circumstances and a short time period, it’s been felt that an up-lift in performance and results has not been forthcoming - despite further first team investment.”

The 36-year-old signed his deal with Halifax at the start of October to run until the end of the season, with the option of an extension.

However, Halifax finished with seven defeats from Kelly’s 11 games as boss, conceding 34 goals in the process including six last weekend against Braintree Town.

Halifax sit bottom of the National League, having registered three wins from Kelly’s spell across all competitions.

Kelly - who scored in the final of Portadown’s 2005 Irish Cup triumph against Larne - was previously manager of Oldham Athletic.