Darby New 1st Team Coach

Last updated : 23 June 2015 By .

The Lancastrian’s last coaching appointment was at Nottingham Forest, but he left the City Ground following Billy Davies’ departure in March 2014 alongside fellow back-room staff members David Kelly and Pete Williams.

Bolton-born Darby, 47, also worked alongside Davies during their time together at Preston North End and Derby County.

Darby’s coaching career began at Deepdale and he became first-team coach under Davies before linking up with the Scot when he left for the Rams in 2006.
He followed Davies to the City Ground in January 2009, only to leave following his sacking and the appointment of Steve McLaren in June 2011.

Following spells with hometown club Bolton as an under-16s academy coach, he assisted former Trotters’ team mate Jimmy Phillips during his brief stint as caretaker manager following Owen Coyle’s sacking in October 2012.

He returned for a second spell at Forest as first-team coach to Davies in February 2013 and spent 13 months with the Reds.

Darby is well known to Whites’ assistant head coach Rob Kelly from their time together in the East Midlands.

In his playing days, Darby was a midfielder with Bolton, Coventry, West Brom, Preston and Carlisle.

So far this pre-season, Stuart Hayton has come in as the new club secretary at Elland Road, while Martyn Glover has arrived at the club as the head of recruitment.

Rob Kelly has been brought in as deputy to new head coach Uwe Rosler, who was named just nine days after Adam Pearson’s arrival at the club, with Richard Hartis also coming in as the club’s new goalkeeping coach.