derby county, Ex-Derby County, Coventry City, Bristol City man takes up L1 coaching role after retirement

Ex-Derby County, Coventry City, Bristol City man takes up L1 coaching role after retirement

Derby County, Coventry City and Bristol City’s former defender Richard Keogh has taken up a first-team coaching role with Blackpool, it has been confirmed.

Richard Keogh announced earlier this summer that he would be hanging up the boots after a lengthy career in which he played for Derby County, Coventry City, Bristol City and more.

After bouncing around clubs over the final years of his career, he rounded out his playing days at Forest Green Rovers. They were relegated from the EFL as veteran defender Keogh made 14 League Two appearances.

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Keogh’s deal with Forest Green is up at the end of this month but while he’s bringing an end to his playing career, it looks as though he’ll be staying in the game.

As announced on the club’s official website, Blackpool have appointed Keogh as first-team coach.

The former Derby County man returns to Bloomfield Road after spending a little over a year on the books with the club from 2021 to 2022. Keogh joins Neil Critchley’s backroom team having played 31 times for the side over his single season there.

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Who is this?

Valuable experience

Keogh enters the coaching world with a long playing career behind him. That experience he gathered should stand him in great stead for a future in the game.

He spent many of those years as a real leader and captain too. That should see him command plenty of respect in Critchley’s coaching staff, knowing how to motivate players and pick them up when down.

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What will be interesting to see is if Keogh sees this as the start of a long journey in the dugout. Many ex-players test themselves in management and this first coaching role for the former Derby County skipper could be the first step on the road to being the no.1 in the dugout.

For now though, Keogh will be looking to learn from Critchley and add real value to his setup in the north west.

Next season for the Tangerines

Keogh saw former club Derby County win promotion from League One last season while Blackpool fell short of the play-offs. They’ll be determined to improve next time around but this summer will have to be a fruitful one.

Gaps have opened up in the squad for Critchley to freshen up his ranks and he’ll be eager to make the most of the opportunity to do just that.

The attack looks well-stocked with Jordan Rhodes staying permanently and Ashley Fletcher signing. Otherwise, further options out wide and in midfield may be on the radar.

Centre-backs are likely to be on the shopping list too. Whoever comes in there could definitely learn from new coach Keogh.

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