Tim Clancy

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Tim Clancy
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Clancy managing St Patrick's Athletic in 2022.
Personal information
Full name Timothy Clancy
Date of birth (1984-06-08) 8 June 1984 (age 39)
Place of birth Trim, County Meath, Ireland
Position(s) Defender
Team information
Current team
St Patrick's Athletic (manager)
Youth career
Trim Celtic
Senior career*
2003–2004 Millwall 0 (0)
2003–2004Weymouth (loan) 11 (0)
2004–2007 AFC Hornchurch
2005–2006Fisher Athletic (loan)
2007–2011 Kilmarnock 66 (0)
2011–2012 Motherwell 26 (0)
2012–2014 Hibernian 19 (1)
2014 St Johnstone 4 (1)
2015 Shamrock Rovers 3 (0)
2015Sligo Rovers (loan) 8 (1)
2016 Sligo Rovers 7 (0)
2016–2017 Bray Wanderers 36 (3)
International career
Republic of Ireland U19 4 (0)
Managerial career
2017–2021 Drogheda United
2021–2023 St Patrick's Athletic
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 08:06, 2 December 2021 (UTC)

Tim Clancy (born 8 June 1984) is an Irish football manager, most recently in charge of League of Ireland Premier Division club St Patrick's Athletic, having previously managed Drogheda United. During his playing career, Clancy played for Millwall, Weymouth, AFC Hornchurch, Fisher Athletic, Kilmarnock, Motherwell, Hibernian, St Johnstone, Shamrock Rovers, Sligo Rovers and Bray Wanderers.


Playing career

Early career

Clancy played for the Republic of Ireland under-19 team. [1] He played for his home town club Trim Celtic and then Belvedere before signing for Millwall. He then had spells in English non-league football with Weymouth, AFC Hornchurch and Fisher Athletic. [2]


Clancy playing for Kilmarnock Tim Clancy.jpg
Clancy playing for Kilmarnock

Clancy joined Scottish Premier League club Kilmarnock in early 2007 on amateur forms. [1] He then agreed a one-year professional contract with Kilmarnock in June 2007. [1] Clancy made his debut at left full back away to Gretna in September and made enough appearances during the 2007–08 season to trigger an automatic extension to his contract. [3] His progress at Kilmarnock was hindered by a series of injuries, however, as he missed over four months after suffering an ankle ligament injury in April 2008. [4]

Clancy also missed pre-season training in 2008–09 due to injury. He made a first team comeback in a goalless 0–0 draw at Aberdeen in February 2009. Clancy played regularly for Kilmarnock towards the end of the season and agreed a new two-year contract with the club. [5] He did not play regularly during the 2010–11 season, as manager Mixu Paatelainen used Jamie Hamill as his regular right back. [6] Later in the season, he scored an own goal which gave Rangers a 2–1 victory. [7] Clancy made 73 appearances for Killie in total. Manager Kenny Shiels allowed Clancy to leave the club in order to rebalance his defensive options, with Ryan O'Leary out injured. [8]


Clancy moved to Motherwell in August 2011 and agreed a one-year deal. [8] [9] Motherwell signed Clancy to cover for the long-term injury suffered by Steven Saunders. [9] He played regularly in central defence for Mothewell, alongside Shaun Hutchinson. He also played both full back positions during the season. At the end of the season, Clancy rejected a new contract from Motherwell. [10]


Clancy signed a two-year contract with Hibernian in June 2012. [11] Clancy scored the first goal in a 2–2 draw against Celtic on 1 September, when he took advantage of a defensive mix-up. [12] It was the first goal he had scored since playing in English non-league football, over six years previously. [13] Clancy played regularly for Hibs before suffering from a groin injury that required specialist advice. [14] He continued to suffer from injury problems and was released by Hibs in January 2014. [15]

St Johnstone

On 28 February 2014, Clancy signed for St Johnstone on a contract until the end of the 2013–14 season despite interests from Derry City. [16] [17] Clancy scored his first goal for the club, in a 3–3 draw against Celtic on 7 May 2014, which turns out to be his last appearance for the club. [18] Clancy sustained a serious Achilles injury during training and needed an operation that ruled him out of the final of the Scottish Cup. [19] At the end of the 2013–14 season, Clancy was among four players to be released by St Johnstone. [20]

League of Ireland

Clancy returned home to sign for Shamrock Rovers in February 2015. [21] In July 2015 Clancy went on loan to Sligo Rovers until November 2015. In January 2016 he signed permanently for Sligo but left the club in June 2016. On 28 June 2016 he went on trial at Bray Wanderers during their 1-0 friendly win against Falkirk. On 30 June 2016 Clancy signed permanently for Bray making his competitive debut against Bohemians. He retired from playing at the end of the 2017 season.

Managerial career

Drogheda United

On 5 December 2017 Clancy was appointed as Manager of League of Ireland First Division side Drogheda United. This was his first role in management, and he was assisted in the role by newly appointed Director of Football Dave Robertson. During his first two seasons at the club, his young Drogheda side missed out on promotion twice. Ahead of the 2020 season, Clancy added more key members to his squad, and the club lifted the 2020 League of Ireland First Division Title, gaining promotion to the League of Ireland Premier Division. This was his first honour at the club.

In his first season in the Premier Division with Drogheda, Clancy guided the Drogs to seventh place, securing top flight football for another season for the Louth club. Despite having one of the lowest budgets in the league, Clancy led the club to impressive victories against St Patrick's Athletic, Derry City and rivals Dundalk.

St Patrick's Athletic

On 2 December 2021, it was announced that St Patrick's Athletic had met the release clause in Clancy's Drogheda United contract and had joined the club on a 2 year contract effective immediately. [22] [23] With Kevin Doherty staying at Drogheda to become first team manager, former Dundee United striker Jon Daly was appointed as Clancy's assistant manager. Clancy had to deal with the losses of Robbie Benson, John Mountney and Sam Bone who followed former head coach Stephen O'Donnell to Dundalk, while also losing other key players such as Lee Desmond, Alfie Lewis, Matty Smith and Vítězslav Jaroš. In terms of incomings, Clancy signed Joe Redmond, Mark Doyle and David Odumosu who he had worked with previously at Drogheda United, along with former Hibernian teammate Eoin Doyle and Joseph Anang, Jack Scott, Tom Grivosti, Anthony Breslin, Tunde Owolabi and Adam O'Reilly.

Clancy's first league game as manager of the Saints was a comfortable 3–0 away win over Shelbourne in what was their manager Damien Duff's first game in senior management. [24]

His first taste of managing in European football was in Pat's UEFA Europa Conference League campaign, which started out with a 1–1 draw at home to Slovenian side NŠ Mura. [25] The second leg saw his side advance 6–5 on penalties following a 0–0 draw after extra time. [26] The next round saw Pat's beat Bulgarian side CSKA Sofia 1–0 away [27] before suffering the heartache of a 2–0 loss in the second leg following a controversial late penalty. [28] Clancy's side finished in 4th place at the end of his first season in charge, securing UEFA Europa Conference League football for 2023. [29]

Clancy was awarded his UEFA Pro Licence in December 2022, the highest coaching qualification in world football. [30] [31]

On 2 May 2023, Clancy departed St Patrick's Athletic by mutual consent with the club in 7th place, 13 games into the 2023 season. [32] [33]

Career statistics

Playing career

Professional appearances in playing career. [34] [35] [36]

ClubSeasonLeagueNational Cup League Cup Europe OtherTotal
Millwall 2003–04 EFL Championship 000000
Weymouth (loan) 2003–04 [37] Southern Football League 1100000110
AFC Hornchurch 2004–05 Essex Senior Football League
Fisher Athletic (loan) 2005–06 IL Premier Division
AFC Hornchurch 2006–07 IL Premier Division
AFC Hornchurch Total
Kilmarnock 2007–08 Scottish Premier League 1100000110
2008–09 1300000130
2009–10 2002010230
2010–11 2101030250
2011–12 1010
Kilmarnock Total6603040730
Motherwell 2011–12 Scottish Premier League 2603010300
Hibernian 2012–13 Scottish Premier League 1911010211
2013–14 00000000
Hibernian Total1911010211
St Johnstone 2013–14 Scottish Premier League 4141
Shamrock Rovers 2015 LOI Premier Division 3000202 [lower-alpha 1] 01 [lower-alpha 2] 080
Sligo Rovers (loan) 2015 LOI Premier Division 811091
Sligo Rovers 2016 70000070
Sligo Rovers Total1511000161
Bray Wanderers 2016 LOI Premier Division 130130
2017 23310002 [lower-alpha 3] 0263
Bray Wanderers Total363100020293
Career Total1706908020301926
  1. Appearances in the UEFA Europa League
  2. Appearances in the Leinster Senior Cup
  3. 1 appearance in the Leinster Senior Cup & 1 appearance in the Scottish Challenge Cup

Managerial career

Competitive games only – correct as of 2 May 2023.

Managerial record by team and tenure
Drogheda United 5 December 20172 December 2021128602741215148+67046.88
St Patrick's Athletic 2 December 20212 May 2023562510218167+14044.64


As manager

Drogheda United

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