Terry Phelan

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Terry Phelan
Personal information
Full name Terrence Phelan
Date of birth (1967-03-16) 16 March 1967 (age 54)
Place of birth Manchester, England
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Position(s) Defender
Club information
Current team
South United
(Technical Director)
Youth career
1984–1985 Leeds United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1985–1986 Leeds United 14 (0)
1986–1987 Swansea City 45 (0)
1987–1992 Wimbledon 159 (1)
1992–1995 Manchester City 104 (2)
1995–1997 Chelsea 15 (0)
1997–2000 Everton 25 (0)
1999Crystal Palace (loan) 14 (0)
2000–2001 Fulham 18 (2)
2001 Sheffield United 8 (0)
2001–2005 Charleston Battery 39 (0)
2005–2009 Otago United 6 (0)
Total 447 (5)
National team
1987 Republic of Ireland U21 1 (0)
1990 Republic of Ireland U23 1 (0)
1990 Republic of Ireland B 1 (0)
1991–2000 Republic of Ireland 42 (1)
Teams managed
2015–2016 Kerala Blasters Youth (Technical director)
2015 Kerala Blasters (Interim)
2019– South United (Technical director)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Terrence Phelan (born 16 March 1967) is an Irish football coach and former professional footballer, he is technical director of Indian I-League 2nd Division side South United FC.

Nicknamed "The Scuttler",[1] he played as a left-back from 1984 to 2009. He played in the Premier League for Manchester City, Chelsea and Everton, as well as in the Football League for Leeds United, Swansea City, Wimbledon, Crystal Palace, Fulham, Sheffield United. He finished his career abroad for Charleston Battery and Otago United. He also made 42 appearances for the Irish national team, whom he represented at the 1994 FIFA World Cup.

During 2015, he was the head coach of Kerala Blasters of the Indian Super League,[2] and has remained in Indian football ever since.[3]

Club career[edit]

Phelan started his career as part of the Leeds United youth system, and made 19 appearances for Leeds in the 1985–86 season, but was released on a free transfer by Leeds manager Billy Bremner.[4] Phelan then spent a year at Swansea City, earning a move to top division Wimbledon a year later.

In his first season at Wimbledon, Phelan was a member of the team which won the FA Cup with a shock win over Liverpool in the final. He also helped Wimbledon finish seventh in the league on two occasions during his time there.

After five years at Wimbledon in which he made 198 appearances, Phelan was transferred to Manchester City for £2.5 million at the start of the 1992–93 season, equalling the British record transfer fee for a defender as well as equalling the club's record fee. At City, Phelan made 122 appearances over three and a half seasons. Arguably the best goal of Phelan's career came at Maine Road for City in an FA Cup tie against Tottenham Hotspur when the full-back ran the length of the pitch skipping several challenges and keeping his cool to slot home.

Phelan moved to Chelsea in November 1995, where he spent two years on the fringes of the first team (playing just 15 times in the league) before moving to Everton, where he played regularly under Joe Royle, until he suffered an injury from which he took nearly 18 months to recover.[5]

During Phelan's injury, Walter Smith took over as Everton manager (after Howard Kendall's third spell as manager lasted just one season), and Phelan only played twice under Smith at the start of the 1999–2000 season.[6] He was subsequently loaned to Crystal Palace. Phelan moved to Fulham in February 2000, and was part of the Fulham team which won promotion to the Premier League in 2001. However, Phelan was released by Fulham following promotion, having just made two league appearances that campaign.[7] Phelan then had a short spell with Sheffield United before moving to the United States, where he played for Charleston Battery and also coached young players. In October 2005, Phelan was named as player-coach of Otago United in the New Zealand Football Championship.[8] He remained as coach for four seasons up until the end of the 2008–09 season when, owing to poor results, he was replaced by his assistant Malcolm Fleming for the 2009–10 season.

International career[edit]

He made 42 appearances for the Irish national team, whom he represented at the 1994 FIFA World Cup. He qualified to play for Ireland through his mother, who was born in Tubbercurry in Sligo.

Coaching career[edit]

Phelan is one of the coaches at the new Templegate Training Academy in Ardwick, Manchester.[9]

On 6 April 2015, Phelan was appointed as a Technical Director of Kerala Blasters' grassroots programme. On 1 November 2015, he was made the head coach of the Blasters after Peter Taylor was sacked. He returned to his previous role when Steve Coppell was appointed as head coach. He then went on to become technical director of South United in 2019.[10]




Charleston Battery


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Auclair, Phillipe. Cantona: The Rebel Who Would Be King. p. 326.
  2. ^ "ISL 2015: Irishman Terry Phelan appointed new head coach of Kerala Blasters". First Post. 1 November 2015.
  3. ^ "Bengaluru's South United FC gets Manchester City player Terry Phelan as Director". 23 August 2019.
  4. ^ "Leeds United player profile – Terry Phelan". leeds-fans.org.uk. Retrieved 30 May 2006.
  5. ^ "Everton Past Player Fact File – Terry Phelan". Toffeeweb. Retrieved 30 May 2006.
  6. ^ "Games played by Terry Phelan in 1999/2000". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 28 April 2020.
  7. ^ "Games played by Terry Phelan in 2000/2001". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 11 November 2014.
  8. ^ "Terry Phelan arrives in Otago". NZCity News. Retrieved 30 May 2006.
  9. ^ Manchester Evening News, 25 June 2013
  10. ^ "Bengaluru's South United FC gets Manchester City player Terry Phelan as Director". 23 August 2019.

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