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INTERVIEW: Liam Kelly bids farewell to the Sky Blues after playing final fixture against QPR

The midfielder plays his final fixture for the Sky Blues...

4 May 2024


INTERVIEW: Liam Kelly bids farewell to the Sky Blues after playing final fixture against QPR

The midfielder plays his final fixture for the Sky Blues...

4 May 2024

Sky Blues captain Liam Kelly played his final fixture for City, completing an incredible seven-year journey.

Kelly joined City in 2017 in League Two and has helped lead the Sky Blues back into the Championship, fighting to get out of the league once more.

The midfielder played 180 times for City and he looked back on his career here and what his future holds next.


His emotions right now…

“It is nice to just complete another season.

“I think the season has been successful at times, in terms of getting so close to the final of the FA Cup and still in with a shout of play-offs with five games to go.

“It is disappointing the season ended the way it did. The congestion of games, the FA Cup, it just took it out of everyone. You have seen the amount of injuries we have picked up over the last couple of weeks.

“That is pretty much how the lads are feeling. They are feeling tired, they are feeling worn down, it has been a tough season.”


On his final game for Coventry…

“I did not think I would be here for seven years, but it has been a good seven years.

“A lot has happened in that time, a couple of promotions, a penalty kick away from the Premier League, a penalty kick away from an FA Cup final, two different home stadiums, covid.

“So yeah, a lot has happened, but it has been a good seven years and I have enjoyed it.

“There has been some good moments, and some tough moments, but in general, you look back and reflect on those seven years, it has been a success.”


His ambitions for the club when he was signed…

“I think I just wanted to get them back into League One.

“I had just signed a two-year contract at the time, and was told the club were going through a really tough phase in terms of struggling in League One and then getting relegated.

“When you look at the size of the club, you always thought they would turn it around and get back there, and that was the ambition.

“I did not see myself staying here as long as I did, but I have enjoyed every single minute of it.”


Stand out moments…

“Probably winning League One, although it was hard to celebrate it because it was in lockdown and we were social distancing.

“The league got cut short, so that was a massive achievement.

“I want to say getting to the play-off final as well, albeit we lost on penalties, but that was an achievement in itself.

“From where we were earlier on in that season, going on the run we did and then to get there, to take it all the way and get close.

“On another day, you end up in the Premier League, but that is just the way it goes sometimes.”


On the time now to leave the club…

“The time is right. I am 34, the club are going out and spending money getting players in, and they are trying to get to the Premier League.

“That is the direction the club is going in, and I am sure they will get there eventually.

“But I am looking forward to moving onto something else in the summer, going out there and trying to achieve something again.”


The reception he received…

“It is obviously great. Another big crowd there today.

“They tend to just be getting bigger and bigger, season on season since I have been here.

“So yeah, I have to say a massive thanks to them, and it was a nice moment today.

“The crowds are now probably twice the size of what they were in League Two, the average attendance. So it speaks for itself.”


His chance in the second half…

“I saw it coming and I thought I am just going to smash this.

“I could have just done with it spinning a bit, the other way and it would have been in the back of the net.

“It was a difficult game today in the heat. Like I said, the FA Cup run was tough, but today I enjoyed it in the moment.”


How it feels moving on…

“That is football, you cannot stay at a club forever as much as you want to.

“I have enjoyed my time here, and every single person in tat training ground, in the building has been a part of it.

“We would not have managed to get to these places and achievements without them people, the players, the staff.

“Every single one has played a part in helping me be at this football, and get back to where the club has got.”



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