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Young (age 43), energetic, highly talented professional football coach
Proven Winner with strong leadership skills
PR & Marketing skills gained in English Premier League
Galway United FC (Airtricity Premier Division) Jan 2010 to present
Following my deal with the club in Africa falling through, I was contacted by Galway United in
dec 2009 and offered the position of manager at the club on a three year contract. Following
a period of contemplation and discussions with my family I accepted the position in Jan
2010. My brief was very simple; the club had acquired huge losses over the last few years,
following two bottom three finishes since their promotion from the First Division in 2007. With
a drastically reduced budget, less than 40% of previous seasons and the second lowest in
the league, I was asked to rebuild the club and keep the team in the division. Following a
further cut of 45% in my budget in the July transfer window, we are currently fifth from
bottom with six games to go. I have established a reserve side, an under 20 side and an
under 18 team along side the first team squad. I have also developed a new relationship with
the NUIG University, where the club is now based for all its training facilities. I have prepared
a new business plan and strategy for the club and I am in the process of finalising a link up
with a premier league club in the UK.
Dundalk FC (F.A.I Premier League)- Dec 2008 to Nov 2009
Having gained promotion to the Premier League in November 2008 the club parted company
with the then manager as they wanted a manager with proven track record in the Premier
League. Due to my previous success I was appointed. I rebuilt the squad taking the club
from part-time to full-time in the process, spending only 1,000 euro per week more than the
previous season. We finished in fifth place the clubs highest finish in 15 seasons, qualifying
for Europe in the process. I left the club on very good terms to take up a coaching position in
Africa only for the deal to fall due to contractual problems.
Bohemians FC (Eircom F.A.I. Premier League) - Nov 2006 to Dec 2007
Prior to my appointment the club had finished one place away from relegation. I re-structured
the squad, bringing in 11 new players and adding 6 more in the July transfer window.
o From July to end of season we only lost one league match
o Reached League Cup Final, losing to holders after extra time
o Reached F.A.I. Cup semi-final, losing to eventual winners
o Finished 3rd in Eircom Premier League
o Club qualified for European Football for first time in four seasons
o In all competitions throughout season we only lost 9 games
o Team had 25 clean sheets and best defensive record in the league, conceding just
17 goals in 33 league games
o This was a new League Record
I left Bohemians Football Club in a far better position than when I took over. The side I left
went on to win the league the next season. With nine of the players I signed being regulars
in the side. In the team of the season six of the players were signed by me as well as the
player of the year.
Sligo Rovers (Irish First Division – promoted as Champions to Eircom F.A.I .Premier
League in Nov 2005) - Nov 2004 to Nov 2006
Upon my arrival at Sligo Rovers the club had three full time players, and had finished no
higher than 5th in the league during the past 5 seasons. I released 14 players and brought in
12 of my own signings, ten being full-time.
Won First Division Championship
o Clubs first success in 11 seasons
o During that season lost only 5 league games
o Reached quarter final of Irish FA Cup
Once we had secured promotion to the Premier League I again restructured the team.
Twelve players left with ten coming in. I now had a full time squad of 15 players
supplemented by 6 part-time.
o Finished 5th, higher than any promoted team over previous ten seasons
o Reached F.A.I. Cup semi-final
o As manager I did not lose a home game for over 18 months
o Clubs best league finish in 11 seasons
Prior to my appointment at Sligo Rovers I was coaching in the USA. This followed coaching
and managerial experience spanning almost six years gained in a variety of positions at
semi-professional clubs in England.
I have worked as an analyst with RTE Television on there Monday Night Soccer Show and
been a summariser for live radio games involving Domestic, European and International
matches. I have also been carrying out scouting duties for Celtic in the Scottish Premier
League and Stoke City in the English Premier League.
CPD for European Pro Licence (July 2010)
UEFA ‘Pro’ Licence with I.F.A.
UEFA ‘A’ Licence with I.F.A
UEFA ‘B; Licence with I.F.A.
English FA Preliminary Badge – up-dated with Irish FA
Member (English) FA Coaches Association
I visit leading European clubs to gain ideas and insights to enhance both my coaching and
management style, most recently to Stoke City. Other clubs visited include Chelsea,
Birmingham City, Fulham, Athletico Madrid and Barcelona.
In addition I have studied coaching techniques in other sports including Basketball, American
Football and Athletics.
Having had my playing career cut short through a serious car accident, I am extremely
ambitious to become a top-class coach, with the ultimate ambition to coach an English
Premier League club.
I am highly motivated with a strong work ethic, a flexible management style and a thirst for
knowledge and personal development. I am a team player who provides strong, positive
leadership and thrives on responsibility. In my two managerial positions to date I have
proved that I am a winner.
My playing career began in 1986 at Distillery FC, followed by a trial spell at Port Vale FC
before returning to Ards in the Irish League in 1989. My career was cut short in 1992,
following a serious car accident.
Allied to my coaching qualifications I have been a marketing consultant to clubs including
Premier League Birmingham City and Championship club Hull City. Having an
understanding of the business and media relationship side of the game gives me the ability
to promote the club in the best possible light and deliver added value to the club’s sponsors.
This mix of abilities reflects my view that a modern football coach must have a
comprehensive array of skills. I believe that I possess all of these skills. Over the last four
years I have taken the clubs I’ve managed to unprecedented success. I am confident that
with the right resources and support I can deliver trophies to any club I work with. I have the
personality, ability and belief to manage at the highest level in the game and fully expect to
achieve my ambition of managing in the English Premier League.
Steve Bruce – Manager; Sunderland FC
John Rudge- Director of Football Stoke City FC
Roy Millar- Retired Technical Director, I.F.A.
Nick Lesson- Chief Executive Galway United FC
Chris Coleman – Ex- Manager; Coventry City FC
Gerry Matthews- Chief Executive Dundalk FC
Alan Howarth- Scout; Coventry FC
Neil Lennon- Manager Celtic FC
Ken Robinson- Chief Executive Dublin City University Sport
Jarlaith Faloon- Solicitor and Chairman of Dugannon Swifts
Des Casey- EX Vice President UEFA