Glentoran FC is delighted to announce the appointment of Alan Kernaghan as team manager with immediate effect. Alan will have responsibility for all playing matters at all levels throughout the club.
Alan recently returned to Northern Ireland after a full time playing and management career in England and Scotland. As a player he made over 500 first team appearances including 280 for Middlesbrough (where he was captain) and nearly 100 for Manchester City. He also won 22 full caps for the Republic of Ireland during the highly successful Jack Charlton era, having been declared ineligible to play for Northern Ireland under the previous “grandparent rule”.
Since his playing career ended in 2006 Alan had spells as manager of Dundee and Clyde in Scotland before 5 years (2007-2012) as Under-17 Manager under Walter Smith. Most recently Alan was Assistant Manager at Brentford under his former Manchester City teammate Uwe Rosler. During his time at Griffin Park, Brentford reached the play-off final for Division One at Wembley. Following Rosler’s departure, Alan was Caretaker Manager in 2013.
Alan has been appointed after a thorough formal recruitment process and we are confident that his experience in playing at the very highest level and his coaching experience and leadership will benefit Glentoran at all levels. Alan fully understands the need to build for both this season and the future through focus on the progression of our Development Squad and our exceptional Academy as well as the first team.
The Board of Directors is sure everyone at Glentoran will give Alan the warmest possible welcome to East Belfast and will wish him all the very best in his new position.