Sean O'Driscoll watching AFC Wulfrunians in July 2014
|Full name||Sean Michael O'Driscoll|
|Date of birth||1 July 1957|
|Place of birth||Wolverhampton, England|
|1982–1983||Republic of Ireland||3||(0)|
|1983||Republic of Ireland U21||3||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Sean Michael O'Driscoll (born 1 July 1957) is a football manager currently in charge of the England U19 team and a former player. He has previously managed Bournemouth, Doncaster Rovers, Crawley Town, Nottingham Forest and Bristol City F.C. He was known by the nickname "Noisy" in his playing days at Fulham. He represented the Republic of Ireland as a player.
As a player, O'Driscoll was a midfielder for Fulham (1979–84) and Bournemouth (1984–95). He also won three caps for the Republic of Ireland. When he retired in 1995, he had played a club-record 423 league games for Bournemouth (the record has since been broken by Steve Fletcher), and subsequently joined the club's coaching staff.
O'Driscoll left Bournemouth in September 2006 to become manager of Doncaster Rovers. He made a rather steady start to his career at Belle Vue, including many draws. Notable events early in his career with Doncaster include a 4–0 victory away at Brentford, winning the manager of the month award for January 2007, and also overseeing Rovers' 3–2 success over Bristol Rovers in the Football League Trophy final in 2007. This success meant that O'Driscoll had achieved the rare feat of managing two different teams to victory at the Millennium Stadium.
In O'Driscoll's first full season in charge, 2007–08, he steered Doncaster to promotion into the Championship after a 1–0 victory over Leeds United in the League One play-off final at Wembley Stadium. The following season, 2008–09, saw his side initially struggle to adapt to the demands of the Championship, but they ended up 14th, comfortably clear of relegation.
For the following season and a half, O'Driscoll turned Doncaster into a comfortable mid-table team on one of the tightest budgets in the Championship. However, a plethora of injuries in the second half of the 2010–11 season (which at one point even saw the club request to postpone a match with Norwich City because they were struggling to field a first 11.) saw Doncaster go on a dreadful run of form winning just one of their final 19 matches of the season, though they still survived due to their good form over the first half of the season.
O'Driscoll could not inspire a comeback during the start of the following season and on 23 September 2011 with Doncaster taking just a single point from their first seven games, it was confirmed that O'Driscoll, along with his assistant Richard O'Kelly, had been relieved of their duties by Doncaster Rovers.
He became Nottingham Forest coach under Steve Cotterill in the 2011-2012 Championship season. He left the club to join Crawley as manager in the summer of 2012.
On 19 July 2012 O'Driscoll was appointed as manager of Nottingham Forest by the club's owners, the Al Hasawi family. By 31 August 2012 he had signed 11 new players, including fans favourite Guedioura. He also linked up once again with former Doncaster players Simon Gillett, James Coppinger and Billy Sharp.
After just five months in charge of the club, just hours after a 4-2 victory over Leeds United, O'Driscoll was sacked on 26 December 2012. He has left Nottingham Forest twice in one year after previously being the club's coach during the 2011-2012 season.
O'Driscoll was announced as Bristol City manager on a 12-month rolling contract on 14 January 2013. The club were bottom of the Football League Championship at the time of his appointment. O'Driscoll's first match in charge of Bristol City came on 19 January 2013, a 1–0 defeat against Leeds United at Elland Road. He earned his first win as Bristol City manager on 26 January 2013, a 2–1 victory against Ipswich Town at Ashton Gate. This sparked an initial upturn in City's fortunes, with 5 wins and 2 draws from their next 10 games taking them on the verge of climbing out of the relegation zone. However the form was not sustained, with 7 defeats, 2 draws and no wins from their last 9 games seeing City relegated to League One with 3 games to spare and finishing bottom of the table.
The start of the 2013 season saw the club at the bottom of the division with 6 points from 6 draws, no wins and 5 losses. Bristol City parted company with O'Driscoll on 28 November.
- As of 6 April 2015.
|Bournemouth||19 August 2000||10 September 2006||326||118||98||110||36.20|
|Doncaster Rovers||8 September 2006||23 September 2011||268||97||72||99||36.19|
|Crawley Town||16 May 2012||19 July 2012||0||0||0||0||—|
|Nottingham Forest||19 July 2012||26 December 2012||26||10||9||7||38.46|
|Bristol City||14 January 2013||28 November 2013||44||11||13||20||25.00|
|England U19||4 September 2014||Present||7||6||0||1||85.71|
As a player
As a manager
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- Staff (14 January 2013). "Sean O'Driscoll: Bristol City appoint ex-Nottingham Forest boss". BBC Sport. Retrieved 14 January 2013.
- "Leeds United 1–0 Bristol City". BBC Sport. 19 January 2013.
- "Bristol City 2–1 Ipswich". BBC Sport. 26 January 2013.