Football Insider have shared the real reason why Richard O’Kelly has left his role at Aston Villa.
The Lowdown: Club announcement
The 64-year-old, hailed as an ‘unsung hero’, departed just days before Villa’s Premier League opener, with no real reason as to why he parted ways with the club.
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The Latest: Source shares insight
Football Insider shared a story on Wednesday after being informed by an Aston Villa source.
They revealed that O’Kelly quit after the club tried to demote him to coaching Villa’s Under-23 side.
O’Kelly had no intentions to depart Bodymoor Heath prior to Villa’s U23 plans and offered his resignation after learning the news.
The Verdict: Strange
With Terry leaving earlier in the summer, you’d have thought that Smith would have relied on O’Kelly, who he has worked with for ten years, even more during the upcoming campaign.
That was obviously not the case, going off the latest report, so it’ll be interesting to see who the club bring in to replace O’Kelly – if they were planning to demote him, perhaps they already had an alternative for the first-team lined up?
Villa have already added a set-piece coach in Austin MacPhee this summer and it appears as if another backroom staff addition will materialise soon.
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