Derek Michael Brazil
(born 14 December 1968 in Dublin
) is an Irish
who played for the Republic of Ireland B
team. A defender he began his career with Rivermount Boys Club before being signed by Manchester United
where he played under both Ron Atkinson
and Alex Ferguson
, making two first team appearances.
Raised in Finglas, the Brazil family were keen sportsmen. His father was a champion boxer and footballer. His younger brother Stephen won numerous titles with Home Farm and played League of Ireland for Bohs. However a knee injury ended his career prematurely.
During his time at Old Trafford, he played on loan with Oldham Athletic
and Swansea City
before joining Cardiff City
in 1992 for £85,000. Brazil then spent four years at Cardiff and was part of the side that won the division three title in 1993.
In October 2006 Brazil was appointed team manager of Haverfordwest
. He was dismissed in November 2010 following disappointing results at the start of the 2010 season.
However, In a strange turn of events, his successor as manager, Gavin Chesterfield, resigned due to complicated work commitments. The Haverfordwest board were thus left with no alternative than to reinstate Brazil in late February 2011. Brazil expressed his amazement at his reinsation. Regarding the whole debacle, he added in a Western Telegraph article: "in hindsight, it was probably the right one for both parties. It... Read More