Brian Murphy

Director of Football / Head Coach

  • Date Joined: 21st May 2018
I am a highly ambitious and driven Director of Football and Coach who has accumulated experience and contributed to on-field success after making transition into coaching in New Zealand, Australia, England and Ireland following a playing career.

I have enhanced my coaching knowledge and expertise through attaining qualifications with the Oceania Football Confederation, Asian Football Confederation, New Zealand FA, FIFA, Football Association of Ireland and The FA.

I utilize my coaching philosophy to further the development of players through encouraging them to learn from their mistakes and think outside the box, I am also proficient in forging teams which play with passion, purpose, discipline and creativity.

Player Development:

• Boyd Curry: Developed with Eastern Suburbs. Former NZ U17/U20 international
• Luca Taylor: NZ U20 and former U17 international, now at West Coast Rangers
• Alex Paulsen: NZ international, represented the country at the 2020 Summer Olympic Games
• Sharon Tomokino: Coached and developed former NZ U17 international
• Yui Ching Lau: Coached midfielder who plays for Eastern Kitchee FC. HK Women’s international


“As a former professional football player for ten years in the United Kingdom, as well as former Reserve Team Manager with Sheffield United and U15 Coach at Northampton Town, I have been fortunate to be around the game’s best. When I met Brian, I was drawn by his professionalism, his motivation to succeed and his passion for the game. His football knowledge and adaptability to get the best out of his players, from all levels, was clear to see and stems from playing the game at a high level. He instils belief in his players through his communication and he brings out the best in his players.” - Doug Hodgson: Former Professional Footballer & Former Reserve Team Manager, Sheffield United FC

“I have known Brian for many years and coached with him for two at Fencibles United FC. Brian is an honest and reliable person. He is an excellent teacher and football coach. He has coached in all phases from Junior to Senior. His ability to deliver practical coaching sessions is outstanding. He is also fully committed to expanding his coaching knowledge and experience. He has a natural ability to relate to fellow coaches and players to develop an excellent working and playing environment.” - Roger Wilkinson: Managing Director, Premier Skills Ltd & Former Director of Coaching, New Zealand FA

“I played professional football at the top level and when I returned to Ireland, I was a Player-Manager and played with Brian, who is a great lad and a very good footballer. He had a very good attitude and was a great player, quick, strong and very good one on one. I know he can go onto be a great coach and coach the beautiful game how he played it, with passion and skill.” - Paul Byrne: Former Celtic FC Player and Former Republic of Ireland international

Additional Information:

• Irish European Passport Holder
• Australia Permanent Residency
• New Zealand Permanent Residency

Brian Murphy


  • OFC: Induction to Psychology in Football (2021)

    Induction to Psychology in Football (2021)

  • OFC: OFC A License (candidate)

    OFC A License (candidate)

  • NZF: NZF Junior Level 3 (candidate)

    NZF Junior Level 3 (candidate)

  • FA: Safeguarding Children (2021)

    Safeguarding Children (2021)

  • FIFA: FIFA 11+ Coaching (2015 & 2020)

    FIFA 11+ Coaching (2015 & 2020)

  • FAI:  FAI D License (2020)

    FAI D License (2020)

  • AFC: AFC B License (2018)

    AFC B License (2018)

  • FA: FA Level 1 Talent ID (2018)

    FA Level 1 Talent ID (2018)

  • Maker-Centred Classroom, Harvard University: Professional Education in Thinking and Learning

    Maker-Centred Classroom, Harvard University
    Professional Education in Thinking and Learning

  • OFC:  OFC B License (2017)

    OFC B License (2017)

  • NZF: NZF C License (2016)

    NZF C License (2016)

  • Goldsmiths, University of London: Postgraduate of Education in Design Technology

    Goldsmiths, University of London
    Postgraduate of Education in Design Technology

  • FAI:  FAI Youth Certificate (2010)

    FAI Youth Certificate (2010)

  • Carlow Institute of Technology: BA (Hons) Industrial Design

    Carlow Institute of Technology
    BA (Hons) Industrial Design

Career History

  • Onehunga Mangere United AFC

    Onehunga Mangere United AFC
    Director of Football / First Team Coach
    2021 – Present

  • Papomoa FC:

    Papomoa FC:
    Director of Football / Men’s Assistant Head Coach / Women’s First Team Head Coach
    2020 – 2021

  • Waibop Women’s National League Team

    Waibop Women’s National League Team
    Technical Analyst / Assistant Coach
    2020 – 2021

  • Unimount Bohemian AFC

    Unimount Bohemian AFC
    Assistant Head Coach
    2019 – 2020

  • Mount Albert Grammar

    Mount Albert Grammar
    Assistant Head First XI Coach / U13 Academy Head Coach
    2019 – 2020

  • Southern United FC

    Southern United FC
    Director of Football /Head Coach
    2018 – 2019

  • Fencibles United AFC

    Fencibles United AFC
    Head Coach
    2018 – 2019

  • Frankston Pines FC

    Frankston Pines FC
    U21 Development Coach
    2018 – 2019

  • Fencibles United AFC

    Fencibles United AFC
    Assistant Head Coach
    2016 – 2017

  • Auckland Grammar

    Auckland Grammar
    U14 Academy Head Coach
    2015 – 2017

  • Eastern Suburbs AFC

    Eastern Suburbs AFC
    Reserve Team Head Coach
    2015 – 2016

  • Denham United FC

    Denham United FC
    Head Coach
    2009 – 2010

  • Carlow, Ireland

    Carlow, Ireland
    U14 Head Coach
    2003 – 2004

  • Carlow Institute of Technology, Ireland

    Carlow Institute of Technology, Ireland
    Women’s Head Coach
    2002 – 2004

Key Achievements

  • Onehunga Mangere United AFC: 2021 NRFL Division 2 champions, securing promotion to NRFL Division 1
  • Onehunga Mangere United AFC: Instrumental in the formation of the Mountaineers Junior Academy, the club’s first academy
  • Waibop Women’s National League Team: Assisted and supported the Head Coach in the planning, preparation, delivery and evaluation of coaching sessions
  • Papomoa FC: 2020 Waibop Premier League champions
  • Papomoa FC: 2020 Women’s League runners-up
  • Eastern Suburbs AFC: 2015 Northern League U23 runners-up
  • Ireland National League: Shamrock Rovers FC / Kildare County FC / Kilkenny City FC / Monaghan United FC Player
  • Ireland National Youth League: St Patrick’s Athletic FC Player
  • Brunei National League: DPMM FC Players
  • Australia National League: Springvale White Eagles / Berwick FC / Frankston Pines FC Player
  • English Football League & English Non-League: Port Vale FC / Hayes FC / AFC Hayes / North Greenford United / Penn & Tylers Green FC Player
  • New Zealand National League: Eastern Suburbs AFC Player

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