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.