Former St Patrick's Athetic and Ireland full-back Curtis Fleming named Punjab FC manager

Sun, Jun 14 2020

Fleming spent two years as assistant to Ian Holloway at Queens Park Rangers. Credit: Crystal Palace FC

Former St Patrick’s Athletic and Republic of Ireland full-back Curtis Fleming will take the reins at Punjab FC for the forthcoming 2020/21 I-League season.

The 10-times-capped international takes up his first full-time management position after leaving his position as first-team coach at Middlesbrough last year.

“I'm looking forward to getting back out to the Punjab and the season ahead with [Punjab FC],” said the 51-year-old.

Fleming has also held roles with Crystal Palace (including a brief stint as caretaker manager), Bolton Wanderers, Queens Park Rangers, Hartlepool United and Livingston since retiring from playing in 2007.

He began his professional career with the Athletic in 1987 after signing from schoolboy club Belvedere and spent four years with the Inchicore club.

After almost signing for Shamrock Rovers, the right-back made the move to Middlesbrough in 1991 and would spent a decade in the north east, helping them to the First Division title in 1995.

He played in two League Cup finals and one FA Cup final with the north-east club under Bryan Robson, losing out on each occasion.

After leaving the Smoggies, Fleming had spells with Birmingham City (on loan), Crystal Palace, Darlington, Shelbourne and Billingham Synthonia.