Alan Murphy

  • Ballinrobe native Alan Murphy is one of 20 coaches who have been accepted on to the UEFA Pro Licence course that will be run by the Football Association of Ireland.

    The Galway United manager is one of nine coaches currently working in the SSE Airtricity League, while two of the other participants are managing in the Women’s National League, three are involved with Republic of Ireland international teams, and the others are thriving in their respective careers further afield.

    Former Westport Utd manager John Russell has also been accepted on the course.

    The full list of 2020/22 UEFA Pro Licence participants is: Tim Clancy, Dan Connor, Carlo Cudicini, Kevin Doherty, Daire Doyle, Tom Elmes, Anthony Hayes, Ruairdhi Higgins, Denis Hyland, Graham Kelly, Andy Keogh, Ian Morris, Alan Murphy, John O’Shea, Sean O’Shea, Aidan Price, Matthew Ross, John Russell, Ian Ryan, James Scott.

    In total, 90 coaches applied for the course with 35 completing the theory exams and interview process.

    The course will be delivered with contact blocks over an 18-month period, which will include international club visits, a study visit to UEFA headquarters, and individual club assessments. 

    This latest UEFA Pro Licence course had an individual online induction last week, with the group set to get together for the first block in November 2020.

  • Galway United have confirmed that Alan Murphy has left his role as manager.

    The 38-year-old Ballinrobe native, who is also the club’s all-time leading scorer as a player, took over as manager in July 2018, but saw his side endure a difficult start to the 2020 campaign, as they sit second from bottom with four points from seven games.


    Galway United have announced that Alan Murphy has signed a contract extension with the club for the 2019 SSE Airtricity League season.


    Over the last two seasons, Murphy has guided United's under-17 team to the semi-final stage of the league play-offs and the midfielder wrote his name into the club's history books when he became United's record league goalscorer when he scored his 75th league goal for the Tribesmen against Cobh Ramblers in April.


    Murphy's impressive work at youth level at Eamonn Deacy Park lead to his first position in senior management when he took over from Shane Keegan in July.


    With United experiencing a disappointing league campaign, Murphy introduced a number of the club's most promising academy players at the tail end of the season and the Ballinrobe man is looking forward to shaping a United team of his own ahead of the 2019 season.

  • Talks will resume today between the FAI and League of Ireland clubs over whether a deal can be reached over a return to play.

    Looking at other avenues of income  - such as from streaming games - will be important for clubs, according to the manager of Galway United.

    Alan Murphy told Midwest Sport that, optimistically, if training gets underway later this month there could be a return to league matches early in August.

  • Galway United are delighted to announce that Colin Kelly, Donal Higgins and Dara Costelloe have signed first team contracts with the club.

    United's under-17 team currently sit in second place in the Southern Elite Division and the trio have played hugely influential roles for Alan Murphy side, who have a play-off berth in sight.

    As well as managing United's first team, Alan Murphy has also managed the Tribesmen's under-17 team over the last two seasons and he was keen to add the talented trio to his first team squad for the remaining three league games in the SSE Airtricity League First Division.

    Colin Kelly, 16, is the highest goalscorer in underage football in the SSE Airtricity League.

    Kelly, who arrived from Mervue United at the start of the season, has scored an incredible 26 goals in 2018.

    The striker has appeared in all 20 of United's under-17 fixtures, often operating as a winger or in the number 10 role.

    Donal Higgins, 16, was appointed under-17 captain in 2018 after enjoying an impressive first season with the club last year after joining from Maree Oranmore.

    Higgins, like Colin Kelly, has been a mainstay for United this season, making 19 appearances, scoring an impressive 12 goals from midfield.

    Dara Costelloe, 15, has made a big impact since joining United's under-15 team last season from Limerick side Aisling Annacotty.

    Murphy brought the winger into his under-17 squad this season and Costelloe has already made his presence felt, making 17 appearances in 2018.

  • Galway United are delighted to announce that Cian Mulryan has signed a new contract with the club.

    The 19-year-old goalkeeper has spent the last three seasons with the Tribesmen's under-19 side, after joining from Mervue United in 2017.

    The promising shot-stopper made his senior debut against Athlone Town in United's final league game of the 2019 season and he produced a man of the match display.

    Mulryan will compete with Kevin Horgan and Micheál Schlingermann for the number one jersey at Eamonn Deacy Park in 2020.

    Galway United manager Alan Murphy is delighted with the trio of goalkeepers signed and he expects Mulryan to learn a lot from Horgan and Schlingermann in the coming year.