- Wednesday October 5th, 2022 @ 15:00
Bermingham Appointed Football Partnership Manager
St Patrick's Athletic are delighted to announce the appointment of Ian Bermingham as Football Partnership Manager.
As part of this newly created, full-time role, Ian will be responsible for managing the football partnership between St Patrick's Athletic FC and Cherry Orchard FC on a daily basis.
The 33-year-old will oversee on field coaching with boys and girls teams as well as developing and implementing football strategies across the partnership, as well player pathway between the clubs and potential new partnership opportunities.
Bermingham is St Pat's all time record appearance maker, since signing at the start of the 2010 season, he has played 452 times for St Pat's, and won a league title (2013), two FAI Cups (2014 & 2021), two League Cups (2015 & 2016), a President's Cup (2014) and played in many memorable European games for the club.
The Ballyfermot native confirmed last month that he is to finish playing professional football at the end of this season and will begin this new role with immediate effect.
As part of this new partnership and new appointment, we are looking forward to progressing with our plans and our expression of interest to field a team in the EA SPORTS Women's National U17 League from the 2023 season onwards.
"I'm delighted with this new role, it's something that I'm really excited about and I'm looking forward to getting going.
It's brilliant that I am going to continue my relationship with St Patrick's Athletic, both St Pat's and Cherry Orchard are local to me and hopefully we can play a big part in the development of the boys and girls at Cherry Orchard and into the St Pat's Academy.
There are a lot of people in the background who are going to be working very hard to make this partnership as successful as possible over the next number of years."
St Pat's Academy Director Ger O'Brien has today welcomed Ian into his new job:
"It's fantastic news that Bermo has agreed to stay on at the club in this capacity.
He's had an unbelievable career as a player and has achieved fantastic success on the pitch, it was an honour to play with him and I'm looking forward to working with him in a different role now.
This Football Partnership Manager role is something that we've been speaking to Ian about for the last couple of weeks, and it's being led right from the top of the club in Garrett Kelleher, the Owner and Chairman, who wants to keep real St Pat's people involved with the club and this is the perfect opportunity to do that.
Ian is from Ballyfermot and lives in the area, everybody knows him and he has young family members involved in Cherry Orchard, we are delighted that he has agreed to take the role and hopefully he will have a lot of success with it."
While Cherry Orchard Underage Section Chairman Stephen O'Brien has also been giving us his thoughts on the appointment:
"Everyone at Cherry Orchard is delighted with the appointment of Ian. His hunger and desire to embrace the transition from a successful playing career into a coaching career was so evident in our recent meetings.
The appointment embodies all of the core values for the partnership between the clubs and the fact that we have created a full-time role like this bodes well for the future.
Bermo is from the area, he knows the club very well and this is fantastic news for us and it's very exciting times for the partnership."
Hear more from Ian, Ger and Stephen on our Talking Saints Podcast, which is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and all good podcast platforms.