Brian Carey

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Brian Carey
Personal information
Full name Brian Patrick Carey
Date of birth (1968-05-31) 31 May 1968 (age 51)
Place of birth Cork, Republic of Ireland
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Playing position Centre-back
Youth career
Albert Rovers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1989 Cork City 21 (0)
1989–1993 Manchester United 0 (0)
1991Wrexham (loan) 3 (0)
1991–1992Wrexham (loan) 13 (1)
1993–1996 Leicester City 58 (1)
1996–2005 Wrexham 288 (15)
2006–2007 Wrexham 0 (0)
National team
1992–1994 Republic of Ireland 3 (0)
Teams managed
2007 Wrexham
2008 Wrexham (caretaker)
2008–2011 Wrexham (assistant)
2011–2013 Doncaster Rovers (assistant)
2013 Wolverhampton Wanderers (assistant)
2015 Chesterfield (assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Brian Patrick Carey (born 31 May 1968[1]) is a former Irish international footballer who played in the Football League for Leicester City as well as Wrexham, whom he also served as manager. Since his playing retirement he has worked as the Assistant Manager at Doncaster and Wolves and Chesterfield FC. He was the Lead Professional Development a Coach at Blackburn Rovers until May 2015 until early diapered for First Team League Football once again. He is a UEFA A Licence Coach, holds a BSc in Sport Coaching and Exercise Science and he has represented Republic of Ireland at Senior International Level.

Playing career[edit]

Carey started his football career with Greenwood FC in Togher. He also played for Albert Rovers. He later signed for Cork City where he made a number of appearances in the centre of defence in a season that ended in defeat in the 1989 FAI Cup Final.[2]

After several impressive displays, Carey signed by Sir Alex Ferguson for Manchester United on 24 August 1989 and he stayed there for four years. During his time at Manchester United, Carey joined Wrexham on loan and played in the memorable FA Cup third round tie where they knocked out reigning league champions Arsenal 2–1 at the Racecourse Ground in January 1992. In November 1993, he was transferred to Leicester City and within three years had rejoined Wrexham on a permanent deal, having played 58 times in the league for the Foxes. The highlight of his time at Filbert Street came in the 1994 Division One playoff final, when he helped them beat local rivals Derby County 2–1 and win promotion at Wembley to the Premier League after seven years away from the top flight.

His time at the Racecourse Ground spanned nine years,where he was captain and virtually an ever-present under manager Brian Flynn. Following his retirement as a player through injury in July 2005, he remained at Wrexham as a coach.

Management career[edit]

After the sacking of Wrexham manager Denis Smith in January 2007, Carey was promoted to take charge of the club on a temporary basis until the end of the season.[3] At time the team were in severe danger of relegation to the Conference, but survived after 3–1 win against relegation rivals Boston United on the final day of the season.[4]

After preserving the club's Football League status, Carey was offered the manager's role on a permanent basis, signing a two-year contract.[5] After a poor start to the new season, however, he was replaced as manager by Brian Little, but remained on the club's staff mainly operating as a scout.[6] Following Little's eventual departure in September 2008 soon after relegation to the Conference National, Carey and Martin Foyle briefly took over as caretaker managers.[7]

When Dean Saunders was appointed Wrexham manager in October 2008, Carey was given the role of assistant manager.[8] When Wrexham were top of the league Carey then followed Saunders when he moved to Doncaster Rovers of the Championship in September 2011 to again serve as his assistant manager.[9] Here, the duo saw the club relegated to League One at the end of the season. The duo assembled their own team for the 2012–13 campaign and by January the team were top of the league.

Carey was again recruited by Saunders when he was offered the managerial job at Wolverhampton Wanderers in January 2013,[10] but their stay with the club lasted only four months.[11]

Carey was then appointed Professional Development Lead Phase Coach at Blackburn Rovers Academy where he worked for two years.

Carey was once again re-united with Dean Saunders after being appointed his assistant at Chesterfield in June 2015.

He now works in Recruitment for a Premier League Football team and he owns Sporting Referrals who look to develop as many sporting opportunities as possible.

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 27 September 2008.
Team Nat From To Record
G W L D Win %
Wrexham Wales 11 January 2007 15 November 2007 40 9 23 8 22.50
Wrexham (caretaker) Wales 27 September 2008 2 October 2008 1 0 0 1 00.00


Leicester City



  1. ^ Brian Carey at Soccerbase
  2. ^ "The lives of Brian". 14 September 2013. Retrieved 29 October 2016.
  3. ^ "Carey to lead Dragons for season". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 12 January 2007.
  4. ^ "Carey 'rollocking' saved Wrexham". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 7 May 2007.
  5. ^ "Carey is handed reins at Wrexham". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 7 May 2007.
  6. ^ "Little confirmed as Wrexham boss". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 15 November 2007. Retrieved 15 November 2007.
  7. ^ "Little parts company with Wrexham". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 27 September 2008. Retrieved 27 September 2008.
  8. ^ Shuttleworth, Peter (2 October 2008). "Saunders named as Wrexham chief". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 2 October 2008.
  9. ^ "Brian Carey ends Wrexham association to join Doncaster". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 28 September 2011.
  10. ^ "Dean Saunders: Wolves appoint Doncaster Rovers boss". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 7 January 2013.
  11. ^ "Dean Saunders sacked after relegation to League One". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 7 May 2013.

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