Irish boss Kelly quits Thornhill post

Former Dewsbury boss Andy Kelly has resigned as head coach of amateur side Thornhill Trojans.

The Ireland boss, who led the national team to an 82-0 win over Serbia at the weekend, has been struggling to juggle his commitments as North East Rugby League Development Officer with that of coaching Thornhill, and of course the Irish side.

A club statement read: “Despite the improved results for Thornhill this season Andy’s decision to resign was ultimately made by the Thornhill players as numbers attending mid-week training sessions have been disappointing. Poor numbers attending training sessions has left Andy frustrated.

“Andy Kelly took over as Coach of Thornhill Trojans in April 2009. At the time Thornhill were at the foot of the NCL Premier as were already relegated. Andy took charge of the Trojans throughout the inaugural NCL Summer Competition and transformed the fortunes of the club on the field. Thornhill have made a good start to life in Division One under Andy Kelly. After losing the opening day fixture the Trojans went 5 matches unbeaten.

“Tuesday’s training session was taken by Scott Dyson. ‘A’ Team coaches Wayne Loney and Stuart Robson remain in place. Thornhill Trojans have no game this weekend in the NCL.”

Kelly has previously coached Dewsbury, Wakefield, Featherstone and Gateshead, and led the Ireland national team in last year’s World Cup down under.

As a player, back-rower Kelly starred for Wakefield, Hull KR and Australian club Illawarra Steelers.

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