Owls appoint Irvine's assistants

Last updated : 12 January 2010 By Chris Morris

Sheffield Wednesday has appointed two further members of staff to their coaching team according to the club’s official website, www.swfc.co.uk

Rob Kelly joins the set up at Hillsborough as the new assistant manager. Rob previously worked in the same capacity under Irvine at Preston was in charge of the North End side that hit 7 past Colchester in the F.A. Cup 3rd Round following the departure of Irvine.

Kelly also had just over a year in charge of Leicester City from January 2006 but having steered the club away from relegation trouble in his first season with an impressive run of results he lost the job in April 2007 as the club were unable to sustain the results of the first few months of his tenure.

Billy Barr also worked with Alan Irvine at Preston and will adopt the same role at Hillsborough that he had done previously at Deepdale, the first team coach. The 40-year-old became first team coach at Carlisle in 2004 having previously worked with the youth team and he also had brief stints as caretaker manager. He moved onto Preston in 2006, following the manager at the time Paul Simpson and stayed on at Deepdale following Simpson’s departure in 2007.