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Gary Kelly: Leeds sacking stopped me re-joining this summer, I'd love to be manager

Former Leeds defender Gary Kelly says he was close to return to the club this summer.

Former Leeds hero Gary Kelly has revealed he came close to returning to the club this summer.

The defender retired in 2007 at the age of 32, having played more than 500 games for Leeds United.

He appeared on SkySports Fantasy Football Club last Friday, and explained how only Brian McDermott's sacking stopped him coming back to Leeds over the summer. 

"There was a little sniff when Brian McDermott was there, it would have happened in the summer and I'd be there for pre-season, but he didn't hang on that long.

"I think it was to work with the back four, the full-backs, young kids. Whatever it was he wanted me to do, I would have done. We had a little chat, I know there was some thinking he wanted to get us involved."

Kelly is currently taking a coaching course, and only 40, has ambitions to become a manager - particularly at his former club.

"One day I'd like to manage Leeds. I class myself as a Leeds lad, I'd love to go back one day, get back involved with the club again.

"I want to do management. It's important to get your foot in the door. It'd be nice to get a few ex-mates involved, trust people around you."

Kelly may have to wait however. After a managerial merry-go-round at Leeds in recent seasons, there is a real hope that in Neil Redfearn, they finally have the long-term answer in the dugout they have craved.

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