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Nottingham Forest FC Staff Profiles

David Kelly
Deputy Manager

Birmingham-born David ‘Ned’ Kelly left his assistant manager role at Walsall in February to embark on his second City Ground spell under Billy Davies.
The former striker - who played for the likes of Leicester, Newcastle, Sunderland and Wolves, as well as the Irish national team - is a long-term colleague of Davies having worked with him at Sheffield United, Preston and Derby.

Rob Kelly
Assistant Manager

The highly-respected coach joined Forest as Assistant Manager in the summer of 2011.
He’s no stranger to the East Midlands, having played, coached and managed Leicester City.
Kelly started his playing career with The Foxes and also served Wolves before a back injury forced him to retire.
He trained as a journalist with the Wolverhampton Express & Star newspaper before being tempted back into the world of football with a coaching role at Wolves.
He had spells on the backroom staff at Watford and Blackburn before returning to his first club Leicester.
When The Foxes parted company with Craig Levein in 2006 Kelly took over as caretaker manager and did so well that he got the No.1 job.
He also had spells coaching at Preston and Sheffield Wednesday before his career took him to The City Ground.

Julian Darby
First Team Coach

The ex-Bolton, Coventry and West Brom midfielder returned to The City Ground in February to begin another chapter under his former boss Billy Davies.
He had previously teamed-up with Davies on Trentside in 2009 after the pair had worked together at Derby.
Between his spells at The City Ground he worked as a coach at Bolton’s youth academy.

Pete Williams

Peter Williams
Goalkeeping Coach

Pete Williams rejoined Nottingham Forest when Billy Davies returned to the club in February 2013.
After part time roles at Shrewsbury, Wolves and Northampton, Pete took on his first full time job as a coach at Bradford City with Chris Kamara, before moving to Swindon taking on a similar role.
Pete then joined up with Peter Reid at Sunderland when during this time the club were promoted to the Premiership, and after spending five years with The Black Cats, he moved on to Preston where he began he partnership with Davies. After a spell at Derby County which saw The Rams promoted to the Premiership, Pete joined Nottingham Forest in 2009 with Davies.
During his first spell with The Reds, Pete worked alongside keepers such as Paul Smith, Lee Camp and the now number 1 Karl Darlow.
Pete brings with him a wealth of coaching experience and knowledge at both Championship and Premiership levels.

Andrew Balderston
Head Physiotherapist

He has been Forest’s Head Physiotherapist since 2009 and has worked in similar roles for Preston and Derby, as well as the Manchester United Academy.