Alan Kernaghan

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Alan Kernaghan
Personal information
Full name Alan Nigel Kernaghan[1]
Date of birth (1967-04-25) 25 April 1967 (age 54)
Place of birth Otley, England
Position(s) Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1985–1993 Middlesbrough 202 (16)
1991Charlton Athletic (loan) 13 (0)
1993–1997 Manchester City 63 (1)
1994Bolton Wanderers (loan) 11 (0)
1996Bradford City (loan) 5 (0)
1997St Johnstone (loan) 12 (1)
1997–2001 St Johnstone 60 (5)
2001 Brechin City 3 (0)
2001–2004 Clyde 63 (3)
2004 Livingston 4 (0)
2005–2006 Falkirk 9 (0)
2006 Dundee 0 (0)
Total 445 (26)
National team
Northern Ireland Schoolboys
1992–1996 Republic of Ireland[2] 22 (1)
Teams managed
2002–2004 Clyde
2005–2006 Dundee
2013 Brentford (caretaker)
2015–2016 Glentoran
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Alan Nigel Kernaghan (born 25 April 1967) is a football manager and former professional footballer.

As a player, he was a defender from 1985 to 2006, notably in the Premier League for Manchester City and in the Football League for Middlesbrough, Charlton Athletic, Bolton Wanderers and Bradford City. He played the final nine years of his career playing in Scotland with St Johnstone, Brechin City, Clyde, Livingston, Falkirk and Dundee. He was capped 26 times by Republic of Ireland, scoring one goal.

During his coaching career, Kernaghan has managed Scottish clubs Clyde and Dundee, and Glentoran in the Northern Irish league, which he resigned from after an embarrassing 3–2 defeat to struggling Championship side Annagh United. He has also worked for other clubs in a variety of coaching roles.

Club career[edit]

Born in Otley, West Yorkshire, England, Kernaghan moved with his family to Bangor, County Down at the age of four. He represented Northern Ireland at schoolboy level and the Republic of Ireland at senior level. He began his playing career as an apprentice at Middlesbrough, and went on to make 212 appearances during an eight-year period, scoring 16 goals.

In September 1993, Kernaghan was signed for Manchester City by then-boss Brian Horton. He went on loan to various clubs—Bolton Wanderers in 1994, Bradford City in 1996, and then to St Johnstone in 1997. The Saints signed him on a permanent deal just before the end of the year, after he was given a free transfer from Manchester City. He enjoyed four years at McDiarmid Park, making 60 league appearances and scoring five goals. Kernaghan then joined Brechin City, but he made only three competitive appearances for the club. He then moved to Clyde, where he started as a player but was promoted to a player/manager role in the 2003–04 season. He guided Clyde to a second-placed finish in the First Division, behind Inverness Caley Thistle, a division which they led for the majority of the season. Kernaghan made 63 appearances for Clyde as a player, scoring three goals.

Kernaghan's next move was to Livingston as assistant manager to Allan Preston.[3] He was on a player/assistant manager role at the club, making four first team appearances for Livingston, but he was sacked along with Preston after a poor run of results.[3] Kernaghan next moved to Falkirk, where he took up a player/coach role. He made nine appearances for the Bairns but left the club on 2 September 2005.

International career[edit]

Brought up in Bangor, Northern Ireland, Kernaghan played for Northern Ireland Schoolboys six times. However, as the Irish Football Association policy at the time did not select players who were not or whose parents were not born in Northern Ireland, he wasn't selected for the senior team.[4][5] Due to his grandmother being an Irish citizen he was entitled to Irish citizenship, and he was selected by Jack Charlton to play for the Republic of Ireland. Kernaghan earned 22 caps,[2] scored one goal and was selected for the 1994 FIFA World Cup.[6]

Managerial and coaching career[edit]

Kernaghan left Clyde to take up the role as manager of Dundee. He was removed from the position, after an unsuccessful spell, in April 2006. Kernaghan became the first former Republic of Ireland player to hold a coaching role at Rangers.[4] He left this position in February 2012 to join Brentford.[7] Kernaghan made an appearance as a player during a 2013–14 pre-season friendly versus FC Einheit Rudolstadt, replacing Aaron Pierre after 65 minutes.[8] He left Brentford in December 2013, after new manager Mark Warburton decided to make changes to the club's coaching staff.[9] Kernaghan was appointed manager of Glentoran in November 2015.[10] Losing to Annagh United in the League Cup on 30 August 2016 was the final game in charge for Kernaghan, he then tendered his resignation after the game.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Alan Kernaghan". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 5 March 2017.
  2. ^ a b Alan Kernaghan at
  3. ^ a b "Livingston sack manager Preston". BBC Sport. BBC. 25 November 2004. Retrieved 19 October 2011.
  4. ^ a b Kernaghan youth role breaks Rangers taboo by Paul Rowan, The Sunday Times, 31 December 2006
  5. ^ I longed to play for Northern Ireland, says former Republic star Kernaghan Belfast Telegraph, Wednesday, 18 November 2009.
  6. ^ "It was a great experience but it was tinged with a bit of disappointment as well". The 42. 19 June 2019. Retrieved 19 June 2019.
  7. ^ McLaughlin, Chris (26 February 2012). "Midweek D-day for Rangers players and staff". BBC Sport. BBC. Retrieved 26 February 2012.
  8. ^ Brentford FC [@BrentfordFC] (2 July 2013). "On 65 minutes, 46-year-old Assistant Manager Alan Kernaghan has replaced Aaron Pierre in defence. #brentfordfc #beesingermany" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  9. ^ "Brentford: David Weir joins as Kernaghan and Farrell leave". BBC Sport. BBC. 16 December 2013. Retrieved 16 December 2013.
  10. ^ "Alan Kernaghan appointed as new manager | Glentoran FC".

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