Roddy Collins

Roddy Collins achieved success as manager of Bohemians in the Irish league before being offered the job of manager of Carlisle United.

His appointment made him the first man to enter English league management directly from Irish league football with no previous experience in the English game.

Roddy, brother of the former World Champion boxer Steve Collins, was a high-achiever with the Dublin club. One of his proudest moments came in the UEFA Cup clash against Aberdeen that saw the Irishmen win on away goals after a 2-2 draw with the Dons.

The next round saw Collins' men face German Bundesliga side Kaiserslautern, with the Irish side losing, but not without a creditable 1-0 win in the German side's home ground after a 1-3 reverse in Dublin.

These famous victories were not Collins' only major triumphs as Bohs boss. He then guided the team to a famous double of the League of Ireland title and the Irish Cup, their first domestic double for 73 years.

Arriving at Carlisle to fill the post vacated by Ian Atkins in July 2001, Collins fought to preserve the club's league status during a difficult period of uncertainty surrounding the financial situation at Brunton Park.

Chairman Michael Knighton was due to sell his controlling stake in Carlisle United to Irish millionaire John Courtenay and Collins hoped that the prospective new chairman, would provide the necessary funds to help The Cumbrians survive and progress.

However, Courtenay's takeover of the club was very slow to materialise and Collins issued a statement saying that he may leave the club if the matter was not resolved before the end of the season.

Having taken umbridge to the Irishnman's comments on the matter, Carlisle dismissed Roddy Collins on April 6 2002, even though he had taken the side towards mid-table winning the Nationwide Division Three Manager of the Month award in January.

Honours (1)
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    • Carlisle United:
      • Manager of the Month, Sky Bet League Two, (2002-01-01)
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