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Reported new Leeds assistant boss Rob Kelly crossed over with Max Gradel

Incoming Leeds United assistant Rob Kelly did not give Max Gradel a chance at Leicester City.

Leeds United are on the verge of appointing Rob Kelly as assistant coach, report the Yorkshire Evening Post.

Kelly has vast experience in football, largely working as an assistant, but had one permanent spell as a manager himself, at the club he played for as a player, Leicester City.

His playing career was cut short, retiring through injury at just 24-years-old, and his managerial stint was not a long-term one either, lasting just one year in charge at the club.

He was appointed in April 2006 after a spell as caretaker boss, only to be fired 12 months later with Leicester in 19th position in the Championship.

While at Leicester, his time overlapped with would-be Leeds United fan favourite Max Gradel, who currently plays in France's Ligue 1.

Gradel was a promising youngster at the time, playing in Leicester City's academy while Kelly's team battled away with scant reward in the league.

Clearly talented, he was too young and too raw to go into a struggling side, but one month after Kelly was fired and replaced with Nigel Worthington, Gradel was handed a new contract with the Foxes.

Kelly's Leicester side was one led up front by Iain Hume and Matty Fryatt, but lacked invention from midfield.

The big regret for Kelly will have been that he was simple unable to hold on, to see Gradel's talent emerge, for the winger had the potential to help save his job, had he been that little further along in his development, or help his side kick on had he remained in post long enough.

He was loaned out to Bournemouth the following season, and then Leeds United where he later signed permanently, before being sold to St Etienne where he remains, and is a full Ivory Coast international and African Nations Cup winner.

There was another player in Kelly's Leicester City squad who Leeds fans are also familiar with, Patrick Kisnorbo.

He was a regular in defence under Kelly, and would go down later in Elland Road folklore having helped Simon Grayson's Leeds side defeat Manchester United in the FA Cup at Old Trafford. Kisnorbo is now playing in Australia for A-League side Melbourne City.

Kelly's connections to Gradel are unlikely to be strong enough to persuade him to abandon the French league to rejoin Leeds in the Championship, nor could the club afford him, but if head coach Uwe Rosler hits all the high notes and engineers promotion in his debut season at Leeds, it could be a connection the club could then call on if they then desire to lure the former star back.

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