O’Kelly resumes partnership with O’Driscoll at Bristol

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RICHARD O’Kelly has left Walsall to join Bristol City as first-team coach, re-uniting with their new boss Sean O’Driscoll.

O’Kelly takes up his new rolling contract with immediate effect after the two clubs agreed compensation.

The 56-year-old worked under City head coach O’Driscoll at Bournemouth and then Doncaster Rovers - and the duo achieved promotion with both clubs.

“Richard is an excellent coach whose opinion I respect and has the sort of character that every football club needs,” said O’Driscoll, who turned down the manager’s chair at Barnsley.

“He will bring enthusiasm and positivity to everything he does and I’m delighted he has joined me as I know it was a tough decision to leave Walsall, where he was achieving great success on a limited budget.”

As a player, West Bromwich-born striker O’Kelly spent much of his career at Walsall, where he scored 56 goals in 204 league games.

He managed and worked as assistant at Hereford United before departing in the summer to rejoin the Saddlers.

City’s football managing director Jon Lansdown added: “We’re delighted to welcome Richard to the club as he links up with Sean again.

“They’ve worked together well in the past, building up clubs and achieving success at the same time.”

O’Driscoll was appointed at the Championship’s bottom club earlier this month, following the sacking of Derek McInnes.

Doncaster-born Danny Rose will see out the season on loan at Sunderland, with Tottenham having allowed their recall clause to lapse.

Rose,22, joined the Black Cats back in August, with a season-long agreement put in place.

Spurs were, however, able to include a clause which allowed them to take the England U21 international back to White Hart Lane in January should they so wish.

Rose’s fine form, coupled with an injury to Benoit Assou-Ekotto, suggested that Spurs may take up that option, but Martin O’Neill has confirmed that 22-year-old is to remain at the Stadium of Light.