Does he know enough about football at step four of the non-league football pyramid to stop the rot at Ewen Fields? He most certainly does.
“People think of me as managing Oldham Athletic in League One but after I was at York City I played for Garforth Town in the first division north and was later at Scarborough Athletic. I believe I have a very good knowledge of non-league football and I have some very good contacts too,” said Kelly.
“I’m currently in touch with 50 non-league level players that I believe would be brilliant if I could bring them in. I’m in the process of speaking to them and selling them my vision and how I plan to do things.
“Although I live in York the travelling is no problem to me. I’ve always been happy to drive and Hyde is only slightly further away that Oldham was. It’s only just down the motorway.
“I understand there are concerns and questions and that’s why I’m very keen to take part in a meet the manager night. I want to speak to the fans directly and explain what I’m setting out to do.”
If Hyde United need a new broom after three consecutive relegations, Kelly would appear to be the man to provide it. If there’s one thing he doesn’t lack it’s confidence in his own abilities.
In addition, his enthusiasm is infectious. If, as many supporters maintain, young players were put under too much pressure last season and subjected to too much criticism, Kelly appears to be just the man to restore their self-esteem.
Outlining his vision, he added: “The squad will train two nights a week. If we could make it three, that would be fantastic. I’ll be taking the majority of it because I’m very, very hands-on.
“I want to prove myself as a manager and show I can do a good job. I’m determined to get the club a couple of promotions. I don’t want to be midtable next season and relegation is a word I won’t even say. That’s simply not going to happen.
“I’ve only been at Hyde United a short time but long enough to build up some good relationships. I want to finish off what I believe I’ve started and that means continuing to build a positive environment. The club’s been unfortunate over the last three years and I’m going to change that.
“I want players who are motivated to succeed so I won’t have any bad eggs. There will be no disruption in the dressing room. I want good characters and good leaders. That’s very important going forward. They’re the guys I’ll build my team around.
“In my short time as a manager I’ve learned a lot and I’m always learning more. I’m delighted and proud to be Hyde United manager. It’s my vision and we’re going to do things my way. I’m looking forward to the challenge.”