O'DRISCOLL
SEAN
O'DRISCOLL

Sean O'Driscoll was most recently appointed as manager of Walsall FC on the 18th December 2015.

Sean was previously with the Football Association as the England U19s national head coach on September 3, 2014.

O'Driscoll had previously won promotion for the first two clubs he managed as well as delivering some rare silverware for Doncaster.

O'Driscoll was also a loyal servant to both the clubs he played for in a 16-year career beginning at Fulham in 1979.

After 423 league games for Bournemouth - then a club record - Sean moved onto the coaching staff at Dean Court. But he had already sown the seeds for a continuing involvement in the game by becoming Bournemouth's physio while still a player in 1995.

He became manager in 2000, narrowly missing out on qualification for the play-offs in his first season.

After relegation the following year - against a backdrop of financial difficulties - Sean led Bournemouth to promotion from the bottom division in 2003. They stormed to a 5-2 play-off final victory over Lincoln in Cardiff.

O'Driscoll had spent 22 years with the Dorset club when he was lured north to Doncaster in 2006. His appointment was a surprise, with Rovers having been linked with big names including Kevin Keegan, but he made his mark in a characteristically low-profile way.

Sean - nicknamed "Noisy" for his quiet, studious manner - enabled Rovers fans to raise the roof at the Millennium Stadium by winning the Johnstone's Paints Trophy with a 3-2 win over Bristol Rovers in 2007.

The following season - O'Driscoll's first full campaign in charge - Doncaster won promotion to the Championship with a 1-0 play-off final triumph over big brother Yorkshire neighbours Leeds United.

He then stabilised the club at the higher level, lifting them to a comfortable position in the Championship in 2008/09. The following season, O'Driscoll again improved on his side's performance from the previous campaign, as Donny finished in 12th place. Sean also secured their npower Championship status in 2010/11.

Sean remained with the club until September 2011 and at the time of his departure, he was the longest serving manager in the Championship and the 9th longest serving in English football.

Before his appointment at Crawley, O'Driscoll was briefly the first team coach at Nottingham Forest. He later returned to the City Ground prior to the 2012/13 season after he was confirmed as their new manager.

He later managed Bristol City before joining The FA in September 2014.

O'Driscoll, capped three times by the Republic of Ireland, has also earned a reputation as a purist after coaching his teams to play attractive passing football.

He is a graduate of the LMA's Certificate of Applied Management at Warwick University.

Honours (6)
  • promotions
    • Doncaster Rovers:
      • Promotion to Coca Cola Championship, (2008-05-03)
    • Bournemouth:
      • Promotion to Football League Division Two, (2003-05-36)
  • domestic-trophies
    • Doncaster Rovers:
      • Johnstone Paint Trophy Winners, (2007-04-01)
  • personal-awards
    • Doncaster Rovers:
      • Manager of the Month, Sky Bet League One, (2007-01-01)
    • Bournemouth:
      • Manager of the Month, Sky Bet League Two, (2003-02-01)
      • Manager of the Month, Sky Bet League One, (2001-01-01)
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