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Former Ireland goalkeeper links up with David Unsworth at Everton

Alan Kelly is now part of the Toffees’ backroom team.

Kelly previously worked as the goalkeeping coach at Preston.
Kelly previously worked as the goalkeeping coach at Preston.
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Updated at 12.58

FORMER IRELAND GOALKEEPER Alan Kelly has been named as Everton’s new goalkeeping coach, it has been confirmed.

Kelly previously left a similar role at Preston, where Unsworth had also worked as first-team coach.

The 49-year-old won 34 caps for Ireland between 1993 and 2002, featuring in the squads for the 1994 and 2002 World Cups, in addition to a club career that included stints at Preston, Blackburn and Sheffield United.

“I managed to bring in Alan as goalkeeping coach last night,” Unsworth told reporters.

“He did great and got the last flight over from Ireland. I interrupted a family holiday so I apologise to them for that.”

Kelly also previously worked in the Ireland set-up as goalkeeping coach, but did not stay on in the role following Martin O’Neill’s appointment as manager.

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