The Premier League cult hero reveals major career change and admits coaching ‘wasn’t for me’

Former Premier League cult hero Paddy Kenny has undergone a major career change since hanging up his football boots.

Synonymous with playing under Neil Warnock, Kenny has played for Sheffield United, QPR and Leeds, among others, during his successful career.

Paddy Kenny played over 300 times for Sheffield United


Paddy Kenny played over 300 times for Sheffield UnitedPhoto credit: Action Images – Reuters

As his playing days drew to a close, the goalkeeper tried his hand at coaching to see if that might be an option post-career.

During the 2016–17 season he worked as player-goalkeeping coach at Northampton Town.

However, he decided it wasn’t for him and after leaving Sixfields briefly played for non-league club Maltby Main before turning his back on the beautiful game.

Kenny, now 45, has revealed on social media why he is no longer working in football.

He tweeted: “People keep asking me why I don’t get into football but I reached out to coach @ntfc but it wasn’t for me.”

“I’ve taken a different path in my life now, with my transportation company, after dinner and been the best dad I can be.”

“I am also very satisfied with my life.”

Kenny works as a director for his company PK Transport Movements.


Kenny played at numerous different clubs under Neil Warnock


Kenny played at numerous different clubs under Neil WarnockPhoto credit: Rex

While he’s still a regular on the after-dinner tour.

He has many stories to tell having already been promoted from the championship twice.

Kenny made 67 Premier League appearances over the course of his career and also won seven caps for the Republic of Ireland.

He is most closely associated with his time at Sheffield United where he played over 300 times for the Blades.

The 6ft 1in stopper was also the No. 1 on the league-winning QPR team – he played with them for a season in the prem before being usurped by Brazilian star Julio Cesar.

Kenny recently shared a hilarious story from his time under Warnock.

He revealed on I had exams once Podcast: “Warnock took us to Cornwall all the time. We played a game, we are all there and change before we go out. Warnock brought this little boy who was about 14 years old.”

“This little boy came in with his dad and we were like, ‘What’s going on here, why the hell would he play?'”

“Anyway, he tells us, ‘Just to let you all know guys, this is so and so and his dad is so and so. He plays 20 minutes at the end of the game.’

“We thought what? Anyway, this young player comes in, plays 20 minutes, pre-season I think it was Bodmin we played against.”

“We found out later that the boy’s father had decorated Warnock’s house and instead of paying he gave his boy 20 minutes of a pre-season game as a gift.”

Kenny, now 45, tried his hand at coaching at Northampton Town


Kenny, now 45, tried his hand at coaching at Northampton TownPhoto credit: Getty


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