Ian Foster (footballer)

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Ian Foster
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Personal information
Full name Ian Foster
Date of birth (1976-11-11) 11 November 1976 (age 41)
Place of birth Whiston, Merseyside, England
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–1999 Hereford United 44 (3)
1999–2000 Barrow 28 (7)
2000–2003 Kidderminster Harriers 123 (28)
2003–2004 Chester City 21 (2)
2004–2005 Kidderminster Harriers 41 (9)
2008 Galway United 1 (0)
Teams managed
2009 Galway United
2010–2011 Dundalk
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Ian Foster (born 11 November 1976 in Liverpool) is an English football manager. He is a holder of the UEFA Pro Licence, the highest qualification in football coaching.


Foster cut his management teeth when he was appointed as boss of Galway United in January 2009 after the departure of Jeff Kenna to Saint Patrick's Athletic. The season previous, Foster acted as Kenna’s assistant and helped Galway to safety, before being promoted to the manager’s seat two months later. As a player, Foster started out at Liverpool and went on to spend time at Chester City, Hereford United and Kidderminster Harriers in both League Two and the Conference.

He retired from playing football in early 2006 to take up the position of physio with the Harriers. However, his time in that job came to an end when he arrived at Galway in April 2008, as he accompanied Kenna to Terryland Park following the sacking of Tony Cousins. The Tribesmen experienced a turbulent season due to financial worries, problems which forced both Kenna and Foster out of retirement to help Galway’s cause.

In the end, the pair helped guide United to safety as they secured their Premier Division status by defeating UCD on the final day of the season. Indeed, Foster could well have ended up at Dundalk in 2010 as Kenna applied for a number of jobs before deciding to remain at Galway. However, the former Irish international made a surprise U-turn in January, leaving the Galway manager’s chair open for Foster, who quickly accepted the challenge. He again helped the Westerners to safety as they ended the season in eighth, avoiding a relegation playoff with Drogheda United thanks to the demise of Derry City.

At the finish, Galway, despite being beaten three times in the sides’ four meetings, were just two points behind Dundalk in the table, and following the departure of Sean Connor from Oriel Park within 17 hours of the final game of the season, Foster took over at the border venue when he was announced as the new boss on 4 December.[1] Foster’s first ever game in charge was a 0–0 friendly draw with Athlone Town on 7 February and he went on to become the first manager to win his first league game at the helm since John Hewitt in 1996 as Dundalk grabbed a last-minute winner at Bray Wanderers on the opening day of the 2010 season.

In July 2011, Foster completed his UEFA Pro Licence.

Ian Foster was appointed Under 21 manager at Coventry City, having replaced Lee Carsley in the summer of 2013.

In May 2015, Foster joined new manager Paul Cook at Portsmouth as first team coach.

Managerial stats[edit]

Team From To Record
G W D L Win %
Galway United 2009 2009 41 14 7 20 34.15
Dundalk 2010 2011 95 35 23 37 36.84


Kidderminster Harriers
Chester City


  1. ^ "Foster is new boss at Dundalk". RTÉ News. RTÉ. 4 December 2009. Archived from the original on 6 December 2009. Retrieved 5 December 2009. 

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Preceded by
Jeff Kenna
Galway United manager
Succeeded by
Sean Connor