EDS LEAD COACH
Brian was appointed as lead coach of the Elite Development Squad in the summer of 2021.
The 43-year-old enjoyed a highly successful near 20-year playing career, representing a host of clubs including Bury, Rochdale, Sheffield Wednesday and Preston North End.
The son of renowned Gaelic sports figure Jimmy Barry-Murphy, Brian also won two caps for the Republic of Ireland Under-21s.
Appointed as part of the coaching set-up at Rochdale in 2013 while still playing, Barry-Murphy was subsequently appointed as caretaker manager at the Spotland club in 2019 before being handed the role on a permanent basis.
He earned widespread praise for overseeing an attractive, possession-based brand of attacking football as well for his work in developing and encouraging young talent at the club before joining City at the start of the 2021/22 season.
His first campaign at the Academy Stadium proved a huge success, as City retained the Premier League 2 crown in impressive fashion.
And Barry-Murphy would follow that up with another memorable season in 2022/23, as he guided our youngsters to a third consecutive PL2 titles - a record for the competition.