Glebe Park, Brechin, Angus DD9 6BJ
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Darren Dods secured his first managerial appointment when, in June 2015 and having just celebrated his 40th birthday, he accepted the role of Player Manager at Brechin City.
Darren Dods secured his first managerial appointment when, in June 2015 and having just celebrated his 40th birthday, he accepted the role of Player Manager at Brechin City. Dods joined City having spent the previous two seasons with near neighbours Forfar Athletic, where he made 79 appearances with the Station Park club, scoring 5 goals - 2 of which were in victories against City. Known as a composed yet no-nonsense central defender, Darren started his senior playing career almost 20 years prior with home-town club Hibernian before embarking on a 6-year spell with St Johnstone who paid £70,000 for his signature. He then moved north to sign for Inverness Caledonian Thistle, winning the fans Player of the Year award in his first season. After 3 seasons in the Highland capital, he followed the trail set by manager Craig Brewster and headed to Tannadice Park to sign for Dundee United, remaining there for 4 seasons - albeit this being under Brewster's successor Craig Levein. He then signed for Falkirk in summer 2011, heading home a winning goal for The Bairns on his competitive debut in a Ramsdens Cup Tie against Brechin City at The Glebe. On accepting the role, Dods immediately secured the services of former City striker Lee Bailey as his assistant, and stated that it was his intention to remain on the playing staff for the season ahead. Darren would go on to make 23 appearances, scoring twice for City during the season that would become known as 'The Great Escape'. Darren enjoyed the biggest success of his managerial career when he steered his unfancied squad to Championship Play-Off success at the end of season 2016/17. The Glebe Park outsiders relegated full-time Raith Rovers as a result of a penalty shoot-out in Kirkcaldy after a 4-4 aggregate scoreline. His side then inflicted the same aggregate and shoot-out fate on an Alloa Athletic side who had finished 12 points ahead in League One. This secured Darren his own unique legendary Brechin City status - taking his City side into The Championship in a manner which will go down in club folklore.