Galway United

  • Middle-eastern investment in the League Of Ireland appears only weeks away as Galway United close in on an audacious Saudi Arabian takeover, in what is being billed as one of the most significant developments ever in Irish football.

    RTÉ Sport are today reporting that the FAI supports the intended takeover of the First Division club, which became fully fan-owned last season. 

    Subject to members' acceptance in a vote on Monday week, United will cede majority control to the investors who have experience in running and managing football clubs. 

    They plan to invest in youth development and have ambitions to qualify for European Competitions. 

  • Galway United FC members have voted in favour of a motion to accept an offer from investors in Saudi Arabia to take a majority shareholding in the club.

    At present, Galway United is owned entirely by the Galway United Friends Co-Operative. 

    The takeover was approved by members who met last night to discuss the offer. 

    The meeting took place just hours after United parted company with manager Shane Keegan.

    The move is expected to see Galway receive a significant financial boost, with the club currently sixth in the First Division, 12 points behind leaders UCD.

    The proposed takeover has been discussed with the FAI.

     

  • Former Donegal football manager Jim McGuinness has emerged as a shock contender to take over at Galway United.

    McGuinness led Donegal to the 2012 All-Ireland title, and is looking for a manager's job in soccer having completed his Uefa A licence.

    He's now believed to be in the frame for a role at Eamon Deacy Park in Galway.

    Shane Keegan left Galway United by mutual consent during the mid-season break, after the club failed to mount a serious promotion challenge following relegation last year.

    The news comes on the back of a proposed takeover of the Galway club by two Saudi Arabian businessmen.

     

  • Galway United have announced the signing of Sean Russell until the end of the 2018 SSE Airtricity League season.

    Russell's move to Eamonn Deacy Park follows on from the announcement of Evan Murphy and Dara Mulgannon signing deals with the Tribesmen.

    Russell makes the move to Eamonn Deacy Park from American side Atlantic City. The versatile 24-year-old is comfortable playing as a central midfielder, left-back or left-winger.

    The Dublin native has also played for Louisville City in the United States. Russell has extensive Premier Division experience, having spent time with UCD, Limerick and Drogheda United.

    He has also had spells with Longford Town and Shelbourne in the First Division.