Brian Kerr – Irish Soccer Legend, Television Pundit, Journalist and After Dinner Speaker
Former Republic of Ireland and Faroe Islands manager, Brian has a big reputation in football management having started his career from the lowest levels of Irish football management. His rise through the managerial ranks have proven his knowledge of the game, an asset which in turn has enhanced his reputation in the broadcasting world and boosted his standing as a sporting media personality in Ireland and abroad.
A native of Drimnagh, Co. Dublin, he played schoolboy football with Crumlin United, alongside future world champion athlete Eamonn Coghlan, where he took up his first coaching role aged 13. He also was a keen boxer at Drimnagh boxing club, where his father coached, and although talented at both sports he came to realize at an early age that coaching was where he should concentrate. This decision shaped the rest of his career as Brian went on to land many high profile managerial jobs, most notably taking charge of his countries National Team.
Brian’s high profile management career has increased his profile as a media personality and can be booked through JGA Sports Agency. His credits include regular television and radio punditry, most notably on TV3’s Uefa Champions League coverage. He has also made countless guest appearances on shows including Tubridy Tonight, Miriam Meets and The Late Late Show.
Brian Kerr - SkySports Interview
Brian also writes regular columns for many national newspapers including The Irish Times and The Irish Star. Brian’s Irish Times Column He has worked, in conjunction with JGA Sports Agency, on many projects and is a regular on the after dinner speaker circuit, recounting memories of his career in professional football management.
Having managed Drogheda United, St. Patricks Athletic, Faroe Islands and the Republic of Ireland Senior, u16s, u18s & u20s, Brian’s long career in management has taken in many successes.
His list of honours in football includes two League of Ireland Titles with St. Pats (1990, ’96) as well as unprecedented success with the underage National Teams. In a 2 year spell, he took Ireland’s u20’s to a third place finish at the FIFA U-20 World Cup (1997), before masterminding success at two European Football Championships at u16 & u18 level in 1998. No Irish team had ever won a major trophy before his successes, and no team has since.
His personal achievements have seen him named SWAI Personality of the Year in 1996 for his efforts in guiding St. Patricks Athletic to league success. In 2006, Brian became Director of Sport against Racism Ireland.