1. ITV Report

​​Jersey Scottish boss Pat Brennan says Jimmy Reilly lacked experience


Jimmy Reilly lacked the required experience to manage the island's men's football team.

That's according to one of the most seasoned local coaches, Jersey Scottish boss Pat Brennan.

I can only surmise that that's what it was. It was lack of experience.

You've got to be experienced to handle players and Jimmy is relatively new.

He was involved with Trinity for a couple of seasons and maybe that level of experience was not enough to take him to the island job."

– Jersey Scottish boss Pat Brennan.

Reilly resigned as manager of Jersey last week due to "work commitments" after 15 months in the role.

His predecessor, Craig Culkin, also thinks the Scot's coaching pedigree may have cost him.

"I would say that a prerequisite for the job would be that the person must be a manager of one of the top clubs in the island and they must have their coaching badges.

Possibly Jimmy never had time to do his coaching badges and maybe that's something that hindered him."

– Craig Culkin, former Jersey manager

Attention has now turned to who will replace Reilly.

Both Brennan and Culkin believe former Aston Villa manager and the Jersey FA's current Director of Football, Brian Little, is one of the most likely candidates.

The JFA have kept quiet over their managerial search so far other than to say the vacancy was discussed at their most recent board meeting on Tuesday night.