Galway United are delighted to announce the appointment of club legend Johnny Glynn as our U19 Manager.
Glynn famously captained Galway United to their first FAI Cup win in 1991. In the 86th minute, he applied the finishing touch to Tommy Keane’s inch-perfect cross to seal the win against Shamrock Rovers at Lansdowne Road. Glynn made 83 league and cup appearances for Galway United, scoring 15 league goals, 4 FAI cup goals and 6 league cup goals.
As a player, Glynn enjoyed huge success domestically, winning silverware with Galway United, Cork City, St Patrick’s Athletic and Shamrock Rovers. His career spanned over 15 years and he also had stints with Sligo Rovers and FK Haugesund (Norway).
Glynn has a UEFA Pro Licence qualification and he started his coaching career with St Patrick’s Athletic in 2001. In 2007, he also had a coaching spell at the Brandywell with Derry City.
In 2008, Glynn was appointed Mervue United manager. He won promotion to the SSE Airtricity League First Division, while bringing youngsters through from Galway and the larger Connacht region. In the 2013 season, Glynn guided Mervue United to the promotion play-off places.
www.galwayunitedfc.ie spoke to Glynn shortly after his appointment: “I’m delighted, the job has come at the right time for me and it’s a great opportunity.
“I feel that I’ve a proven track record of developing players and clubs. The big attraction of the job was that there are a lot of good young players out there.
“I want to develop players for the first team. I want to develop a successful U19 team and I want to put a pathway and structures in place for all the clubs in the region.
“I’m looking for the players who really want to be successful. I know they’re out there. John Mountney, Pat Hoban, Conor O’Malley, they all have a huge desire to be successful. They are the types of players we want to develop at Galway United.
“The club needs structures, the U19 is an important one. It’s a start. It’s an important link for young players and we have to ensure players and coaches from clubs throughout the province and county know about it and support it.
“It’s almost 25 years since 1991, I always supported the club as a youngster and to go and play for the club and now to be involved again is fantastic. I’m really excited, it’s an attractive job and I know that there’s a lot of hard work to be done, but I can’t wait to get underway.”
An announcement on Johnny Glynn’s backroom staff is expected in the coming days.
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