Man City announce coaching shake-up as former EFL manager departs - new arrival expected soon

Brian Barry-Murphy has left his role as Manchester City Under-21 coach.Brian Barry-Murphy has left his role as Manchester City Under-21 coach.
Brian Barry-Murphy has left his role as Manchester City Under-21 coach. | Getty Images
Manchester City have confirmed a promotion for one of the club’s youth-team coaches.

Manchester City have announced a major shake up of their youth-team coaching set-up, with experienced Under-21s coach Brian Barry-Murphy departing.

The Irishman has been in charge of City’s underage side for three years - a period that has seen the likes of Cole Palmer, Rico Lewis and Oscar Bobb progress into Pep Guardiola’s senior squad.

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But as part of a new-look coaching team, Barry-Murphy has departed ahead of the 2024/25 to be replaced by Under-18s coach Ben Wilkson.

The Yorkshireman, who has progressed through the City ranks as Under-16s and Under-18s coach, will begin his new role immediately. He 37-year-old led the youth team to FA Youth Cup triumph last season and won two consecutive Under-18 Premier League North titles. His promotion is seen as a reward for three impressive seasons at the club.

Meanwhile, Wilkinson is set to be replaced by Oliver Reiss. The German’s arrival from Hertha Berlin is expected to be announced soon. It’s understood Reiss will bring in his own staff as part of the coaching refresh at the Etihad.

As for Barry-Murphy’s exit, it’s believed the former Rochdale manager departed on good terms after three successful years, in which the Under-21s won two Premier League 2 titles.

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Thomas Kruecken, City’s academy director told the club’s website: “Brian has made a huge contribution in his time at the club.

“Guiding our Under-21s to two successive Premier League 2 titles was a superb achievement and he deserves great credit for the role he played.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Brian for all of his efforts during his time at the club and to wish him well for his future career.”

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