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Kelly Sets His Sights On Promotion Next Season

1 June 2015

Manager Darren Kelly has officially started his reign as Oldham Athletic manager today and has already set his sights on promotion next season.

The 35-year-old, who was appointed at the club's End of Season awards dinner last month, has been working heavily behind the scenes in preparation for the new season and he spoke of his excitement to get started today. 

He said: "It's very exciting. I was coming down in the car this morning and was planning my day because there is a lot of hard work ahead. I was just trying to get things in my mind of what I was going to do and how I was going to do it and really take it from there."

With season tickets up on last season's total and the new North Stand set to be complete for the start of the season, excitement is growing amongst supporters for next season.

"I've talked a lot and I suppose I've talked a good game but I have to put it out on the pitch and I'm confident of doing that," explained Kelly.

"I have great staff so we are just trying to get the players in which match our expectation and our ambitions and I think with a lot of hard work, we can do that. 

"We need hard work from the staff to bring the players in and make sure the training is up to the standard required to push on. As soon as August 8 comes, we should be ready to motor on. 

"I would like to think that we are on the verge of promotion. I'm hugely ambitious and I've got very high standards. I'm not here to settle for mediocre. 

"There is a nucleus of a very good team here and I think the work we do behind the scenes, and making sure the set up is right, I think we can do something good. I would like to think we are on the verge of promotion, that's how high we are going."

With recruitment in mind following the news Adam Lockwood and George Elokobi have left the club, Kelly admits work is going on behind the scenes to bring in the right players.

He said: "We are talking about the targets that we have and we have to whittle it down. Players will come to mind and our attention, then we'll get another player and that will edge out that other player so things are constant.

"You can be rest assured that the players we get in have to be right for what we are trying to do in terms of what we are trying to create on the pitch."

One player the Northern Irishman has brought to the club is winger Lee Croft and he admitted to looking forward to working with the former Manchester City youngster.

"Lee has been at the club and he knows the club. I spoke with Lee and after about five minutes I couldn't wait to get him on board. His enthusiasm and love for the club is important and even at 29 years of age, he is very ambitious," he said.

"I told him what I'm about and what I was looking to do and he's bought into that. I'm looking forward to having him on board and working with him throughout the season because he can contribute a lot to the team on and off the pitch. 

"The supporters know Lee and know what he can bring to the table so hopefully he can do the same thing this season."

Watch the full interview on Latics Player.

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