Walsall's Richard O'Kelly confirmed as new Bristol City first team coach
Bristol City have appointed Richard O'Kelly as first team coach on a rolling contract basis.
Agreement on a compensation package has been reached with League One Walsall and O'Kelly will be on the bench alongside head coach Sean O'Driscoll for Saturday's crucial home Championship clash against Ipswich Town.
Assistant to Dean Smith at Walsall, the 56-year-old worked with O'Driscoll previously at Bournemouth and Doncaster.
As revealed by The Post yesterday, O'Kelly was O'Driscoll's preferred choice of assistant and he takes up his new duties with immediate effect.
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O'Driscoll said: "Richard is an excellent coach whose opinion I respect and he has the sort of character that every football club needs.
"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."
City's football managing director Jon Lansdown said: "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'Kelly also has experience as manager and assistant manager at Hereford United, taking charge of the Bulls at the end of last season before departing in the summer to link up with Walsall.
As a player, West Bromwich-born O'Kelly spent much of his career at Walsall as their main striker. He scored 56 goals in 204 league outings and won promotion from the bottom tier in 1979/80.
He and O'Driscoll boast an impressive track record when working together as coaches, having guided both Bournemouth and Doncaster to promotion.