Senior Sport Scientist Kelly leaves Manchester United after 12 years

Kelly joined United in 2010 under Sir Alex Ferguson

Kelly joined United in 2010 under Sir Alex Ferguson

SENIOR Sport Scientist David Kelly has left Manchester United after 12 years.

The Yorkshireman joined the club in June 2010 when Sir Alex Ferguson was in charge and went on to serve under five other managers.

His last day at United was Thursday (June 30th) and writing on LinkedIn he said: “I will be eternally grateful for the opportunity to have been associated with such a legendary club for so long. It has been a joy to have worked with so many talented players, coaches, and employees.

“There are simply too many people to thank so I would just like to say it has been an absolute honour and a privilege to have worked with everyone in the Manchester United family.

“The memories and the friendships will last a lifetime. While I am sad to be leaving, I am also incredibly excited about the new challenges and projects that lie ahead. Manchester United will always have a special place in my heart, and I wish the club continued success in the future.”

Kelly, who has a PhD from Liverpool John Moores University, was Head of Sport Science for hometown club Barnsley for 13 years before a short stint at Darlington. He joined United when Tony Strudwick was in charge of the performance department.

Kelly kept a low profile during his time at the club but gave a rare interview to the Barnsley Chronicle in 2014 in which he said: "I love Manchester United and I will never walk out on them.

“But you never know what will happen in the future and if I do end up leaving United, although I hope it is not for many years, then I would love to work at Barnsley again if the time is right and the offer is right. They are my hometown club and will always have a special place in my heart."

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