Stephen Gray Interview by Eoin Donovan

Athlone Town Women’s u17 Head Coach and former is Kilkenny City Women’s manager Stephen Gray has risen from grassroots to the top of the professional game in Irish women’s football.

The Northern Irish native, who also manages the Midlands Gaynor u15 team, recently spoke to Pro-Scout 3 about his pathway into coaching, his career to date, and his future plans.

“I started off as the u19s manager at Kilkenny City,” he said.

Stephen: “I got the opportunity to go into the senior set-up as an Assistant Manager I loved every minute off it and learnt a lot from the manager. When he stepped down I got the opportunity to manage the team against DLR Waves and Cork City Women’s FC, who were both very good. We drew both games 1-1 those points were the only two points the club got all year.”

Currently Gray is preparing to return to the sideline after the COVID-19 shut down and he is looking forward to starting work on his UEFA A License.

Stephen: “Being out of football at the minute is not easy to take as I eat sleep football. Saying that now, I can’t wait to be starting my UEFA A License. I’m really looking forward to getting stuck in.”

Stephen: “My plan is to get back into the Women’s national league. I would love to Manage the Northern Ireland u17s as this would be a new experience for me. I would also love to manage in the (England) Women’s Super League Championship in England or the Scottish Women’s Premier League.”