Brechin City Football Club

Glebe Park, Brechin, Angus DD9 6BJ

Tel : 01356 622856
Email : secretary@brechincityfc.com
www.brechincity.com

The Manager

Barry Smith

Following the departure of Darren Dods and Lee Bailey, the club moved to appoint Barry Smith as Manager in November 2018, with Stevie Campbell stepping up from his coaching role to become his Assistant.

Barry started his playing career with Celtic where he made his debut at 17, before moving to Dundee in 1995 as part of deal which saw Morten Wieghorst head to Celtic Park. Barry would go on to become a legend at Dens Park where he spent 11 years and as captain, he led the club to the First Division Championship, a Scottish Cup final and a return to Europe after a 27 year wait.

After leaving Dundee in 2006, Smith signed for Icelandic outfit Valur where he helped them to a 3rd placed finish in his first season before tasting glory the following year as the club won the Icelandic Premier Division. During his time at Valur, he spent time on loan at Partick Thistle and Greenock Morton during the Icelandic close season.

Smith returned to Dens Park in 2008 to become Under 19 coach at Dundee, remaining registered as a player. He was initially loaned to Brechin in February 2009 and would go on to make 60 appearances during his time at City - his professionalism summed up with a man of the match performance against his parent club Dundee as City knocked the Dark Blues out the League Cup on penalties in August 2010.

Dundee gave Smith has first job in Management in October 2010, shortly after going into administration for the second time in 7 years. Under his guidance, the club rallied to defy the odds and overturn a 25 point deduction to stay in the First Division. During this season, they went 23 games unbeaten which proved to be a club record. Smith led Dundee to a 2nd placed finish the following season, which resulted in an unexpected promotion due to liquidation of Rangers. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the club struggled to adjust to life in the SPL having been unable to prepare properly due to the exceptional circumstances of their promotion. Dundee and Smith parted company in February 2013.

After leaving Dens Park, Barry was appointed Manager of Alloa Athletic in January 2014 where he led them to the 2014-15 Challenge Cup final after a historic semi final victory over Rangers at Recreation Park. After leaving Alloa in March 2015, a year in charge of Aldershot Town down south soon followed before taking the reigns at East Fife back north of the border in December 2016.

Newly relegated Raith Rovers came calling in May 2017, who Smith led to a 2nd placed finish in League One, missing out narrowly on the Championship to Ayr United before losing to former club Alloa Athletic in the playoffs. Smith resigned from his position at Starks Park in September 2018, with the club sitting joint top of the league.

He wouldn't be out of football for long, becoming City's manager two months later. He got off to a dream start in charge at Glebe Park with a thumping 4-0 victory over local rivals Forfar Athletic.