Tuesday 22 August 2017

Galway United set to appoint Scot Ian McParland as their new boss on Roy Keane's recommendation

Roy Keane and Ian McParland during their time at Ipswich Town
Roy Keane and Ian McParland during their time at Ipswich Town
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Scotsman Ian McParland has emerged as the leading candidate to become the new manager of Galway United.

And it's understood that a strong recommendation from Roy Keane helped the 55-year-old's to move to the top of Galway's list of potential replacements for Tommy Dunne.

McParland was on Keane's staff during his stint as manager of Ipswich and was the short term caretaker after he left the club.

The former striker was well travelled during his playing days but his longer association was with Notts County.

He then worked on the backroom staff at Nottingham Forest for over a decade - primarily with the reserves - before going back to County to take over as manager for two years.

In addition to working with Keane at Ipswich, he subsequently spent time as an assistant at Swindon, in the youth section at Forest, and most recently had a spell in Norway as the number two with Sogndal.

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