Bohemians Football Club have announced the appointment of Gerard Glynn as manager of the club’s inaugural SSE Airtricity League under-15s team.
The UEFA A Licence holder brings a wealth of experience to the role having coached in the FAI’s Centre of Excellence for 10 years.
He is the FAI’s development officer for South Dublin (Templeogue/Rathfarnham), has served on the backroom teams of international development squads and took charge of the Irish team at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Glynn, better known as JJ, said: “I’ve worked with this particular age group for many years both with the Centre of Excellence and with the international squads.”
“I’m really looking forward to taking on this challenge. I’m familiar with a lot of people at the club already.”
“I’ve worked closely with Jimmy Mowlds, the Bohs under-17s manager, at the FAI’s Centre of Excellence.”
“I’ve also previously worked with players at the club earlier in their careers – the likes of Warren O’Hora, Jamie Hamilton and Eoghan Morgan, who are doing well with the under-19s and on the fringes of the first team now too.”
Glynn’s backroom team will comprise of Conor Murphy (UEFA B Licence holder/Bohemians under-16s premier manager), Glen Byrne (UEFA B Licence holder/Bohemians under-15s premier manager) and Jamie Wilson (strength and conditioning coach with the NDSL Kennedy Cup team).
Glynn said: “We’re looking forward to getting started and recruiting the right kind of player to the club.”
“We want to bring in players who will be capable of progressing right through the age groups – to Jimmy’s under-17s, to Graham Lawlor’s under-19s and, hopefully, all the way through to the first team for Keith Long.”
It is an exciting time in domestic football with the new SSE Airtricity League under-15 league, which will commence in August, finally providing a pathway for players to progress from schoolboy football right through to League of Ireland first teams.
Glynn added: “The restructuring is going to be of massive benefit to young players and a real chance for them to progress, whether that be to first-team football here in Ireland or to further afield.”
“It’s going to be a big step-up for them from schoolboy football to be competing on a national basis. They will be pitting themselves against the best players in their age group from right around the country, so we are really looking forward to that challenge.”
Welcoming Glynn to the club, Bohemian FC Youth Development Officer Ian Morris said: “We are absolutely delighted to have JJ on board. As soon as we sat down for the first time, I knew he was the man we wanted.”
“His knowledge of developing players at this age is unquestionable. The working relationship between Jimmy Mowlds and Graham Lawlor is excellent. This is something I was keen to build on.”
“The communication between each age group’s manager is key and we have that in abundance here as can already be seen by the amount of players who have progressed into the first team and who have made their debuts this season.”
“Conor, Glen and Jamie are all young knowledgeable coaches, who all work in Emerging Talent Programmes. Their enthusiasm and work ethic is constant and I am really pleased we have them all on board.”