Sean Connor

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Sean Connor
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Personal information
Full name Sean Connor
Date of birth (1967-07-12) 12 July 1967 (age 47)
Place of birth Belfast, Northern Ireland
Youth career
Distillery
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Port Vale 0 (0)
Macclesfield Town (loan) ? (?)
Ards ? (?)
Cliftonville ? (?)
Teams managed
2004–2006 Sligo Rovers
2007 Bohemians
2009 Dundalk
2010–2011 Galway United
2012–2013 CAPS United F.C.
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only. † Appearances (Goals).

Sean Connor (born 12 July 1967 in Belfast) is a former footballer and manager formerly in charge of Zimbabwe club CAPS United.His last match was against Hwange Football Club.

Playing career[edit]

Connor began his career at Distillery in the Irish League where he played for one full season before moving to Port Vale. He struggled to gain a regular first team place and went out on loan to Macclesfield Town before returning home and signing for Ards.

He was involved in a car accident soon after signing, breaking his chest bone, some ribs, puncturing his lung and damaging his left leg.[1]

He made his playing comeback with Cliftonville but was unable to reach the same level and eventually retired.

Managerial career[edit]

Coaching experience[edit]

After spending some time as press officer for Birmingham City, Connor moved to America where he coached in the USL First Division under John McGinlay for Cincinnati Riverhawks, Boston Bulldogs and in the Eastern Indoor Soccer League with the Lafayette SwampCats. He also spent time coaching non-league clubs in England and scouting for Stoke City and Lincoln.[2]

Sligo Rovers[edit]

He was appointed Sligo Rovers manager in September 2004 [1] and in November 2005 he won the League of Ireland First Division in his first season of senior management with Sligo Rovers. They then finished 5th in the Premier Division and reached the semi-final of the FAI Cup.[3]

In 2006 he became the first manager in the League of Ireland to receive a Pro-Licence and during his time at the Showgrounds he signed Seamus Coleman.

Bohemians[edit]

Connor left Sligo Rovers on 2 November 2006 and was unveiled as the manager of Bohemians on 17 November 2006.[4] Amongst his first acts as manager were the signing of a number of promising players; Harpal Singh, Brian Murphy, and Mark Rossiter, and established performers Owen Heary and Glen Crowe. His first pre-season games in charge of Bohemians' included wins against Lisburn Distillery and Donegal Celtic, and a draw with Scottish Premier Division side Aberdeen.

His first league game in charge of Bohs came on the 9 March 2007, in a scoreless draw against Drogheda United. He showed signs of turning Bohs into genuine contenders for honours with the wins against St Patricks Athletic in the league and Drogheda United in the FAI Cup the most notable victories, eventually reaching the FAI Cup semi-final.

Connor took Bohs from 3rd bottom to 3rd in one year, in which they qualified for Europe for the first time in 4 seasons. The Gypsies only lost 7 games all season as Connor totally re-built the squad.

Dundalk[edit]

On 8 December 2008 he was announced as the new manager of Dundalk. Connor took the club full time on the same budget as they had in the first division, and the club achieved their best league finish in over 12 years; qualifying for Europe and the Setanta cup.

Galway United[edit]

On 10 January 2010, Sean Connor returned to management, signing a 3-year contract with Galway United,[5] citing it as the biggest challenge of his managerial career so far. He began his reign with a 2–0 defeat to St Patrick's Athletic in Dublin. He managed to keep United in the Premier Division thanks to a play-off win over Bray Wanderers in November. Galway United had the smallest budget in the league in his first season and it was further cut in his second season. Such was the financial situation at the club that Connor and playing staff went up to 4 months without receiving any wages.

CAPS United[edit]

On 12 January 2012, Sean Connor was announced as CAPS United manager who play in the CBZ Premier Soccer League in Harare, Zimbabwe.[6] He was relieved of his position after a series of losses in the Zimbabwean CBZ Premier Soccer League.

Managerial stats[edit]

Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
Sligo Rovers Republic of Ireland 2004 2006 70 28 22 20 40.00
Bohemians Republic of Ireland 2006 2007 33 16 10 7 48.48
Dundalk Republic of Ireland 2009 2009 36 12 8 16 33.33
Galway United Republic of Ireland 2010 2011 66 11 14 41 16.66
  • Stats for Sligo Rovers compiled for league games & exclude all other competitions.

Honours[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Doogan, Brian (March 19, 2006). "Ireland: Sligo's champion". Times Online. Retrieved 2009-05-14. 
  2. ^ "Connor linked with Reds job". BBC Sport. 2 June 2004. Retrieved 2009-05-14. 
  3. ^ "Sean Connor". LoI network. Retrieved 2009-05-14. 
  4. ^ "Connor to take over at Bohemians". BBC Sport. 16 November 2006. Retrieved 2009-05-14. 
  5. ^ http://www.galwayunitedfc.ie/united-appoint-new-manager
  6. ^ http://nehandaradio.com/2012/01/12/caps-united-set-to-unveil-irishman-as-new-coach/
Preceded by
John Gill
Dundalk manager
2009
Succeeded by
Ian Foster
Preceded by
Ian Foster
Galway United manager
2010–2011
Succeeded by
John Brennan