David Byrnes His Bridges With Swindon Town

I’m a bit surprised and disappointed that David Byrne has left his role as Head of Player Development at Swindon Town today after over 4 years at the County Ground.

Since joining Town as youth team manager in 2006 under Paul Sturrock, Budgie has filled various roles including caretaker manager after Sturrock joined Plymouth, followed by a promotion to become Maurice M***as’s assistant, then caretaker again for nearly 2 months after M***as’ exit in November 2008. Afterwards he continued his assistant role initially under Danny Wilson, until June 2009 when Peter Shirtliff joined. Fortunately the club didn’t want to lose his evident talents in finding and developing youth talent and created a new role for him as Head of Player Development. A role which also has seen him oversee the Reserve Team.

During this service, Budgie has worked during a turbulent period,which has included 3 changes in management, takeovers and much other upheaval. Throughout all of this David has always stepped up when he was needed, often in the most challenging of situations, and has been an important measure of continuity and direction which is what every club needs.

In his time here we’ve benefited greatly from his ability to attract some great prospects. It was his previous roles as Plymouth Youth Team Manager and Director of Football at the Plymouth College of Further Education where Budgie exploited his knowledge of South West football. This allowed us to poach the signings of several promising youngsters including Sean Morrison, Ben Tozer, Ben Joyce as well as current youth team players Seb Broomfield, Dan Evans and James Richards. These lads had all chosen Town over Plymouth Argyle or others, mainly because of Budgie’s persuasion, passion and character.

So now it has been confirmed David is seeking to return to front line management and coaching, I’m sure you’d join me in wishing him all the best.


  • Sad news and potentially a concern in his capacity as a football agent. . I understand he is Sean Morrisons agent whom i hope will remain and fulfil his potential at the Town.


  • I’ve spoken with several from the youth side of STFC who are delighted that Byrne has gone. He certainly wasnt liked by many at SN1 and was ultimately forced out. Danny Wilson didnt want him around either


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