American Dane Murphy named Nottingham Forest CEO

American Dane Murphy, 35, is on the move.

After two years as the CEO at England's Barnsley, which reached the 2021 Premier League promotion playoffs, Murphy has joined League Championship rival Nottingham Forest, the former European Cup winner, in the same position.

"He was the outstanding candidate with an impressive track record in the game," Nottingham Forest chairman Nicholas Randall said. "His work at Barnsley was widely recognized within football as being exemplary and his role in turning around the fortunes of the club in such a short space of time is testament to his vision and talent."

The 35-year-old Murphy was born in Connecticut and played at the University of Virginia and for two seasons with D.C. United (2008-09).  He finished his playing career with the New York Cosmos in 2015 and then became the head scout for the NASL team.

He joined Real Salt Lake in 2017 as a scout and was elevated to the position of technical director in 2018. He spent eight months in the same position with D.C. United before joining Barnsley as CEO.

Murphy said he was humbled to lead Forest.

“It is a historic club with global recognition," he said.

5 comments about "American Dane Murphy named Nottingham Forest CEO".
  1. Paul Nick, July 20, 2021 at 8:32 a.m.

    Very significant recognition of US developed  quality leadership. Run Forest Run. 

  2. Ric Fonseca, July 20, 2021 at 4:44 p.m.

    Kudos to Mr. Murphy!  As in other occasions, I wonder why our "talented" players and team administrators/coaches "seem" to be hired/signed by other international bodies/teams, and not by our supposedly won MLS Clubs - yet could someone in SA provide a list of foreign trained/"experienced" coaches/managers are currently in MLS?  I say this is 'cause, here we have a perfect example in Mr. Murphy, "home grown" and yet cannot get signed by an MLS team?  Can I say PLAY ON!?

  3. humble 1 replied, July 21, 2021 at 12:18 p.m.

    MLS still young and in franchise mode with all the oversight and overhead and beaucracy that goes with that, don't think a franchise can have a CEO.  Barnsley and Nottingham Forest are clubs, holding their league level by virtue of their competitive strength, not by purchased 'right'.  I am thankful we have MLS, it is evolving quickly and helping to accelerate the growth of soccer as a business in the US.  Lotta players and staff doing great things in MLS.  For certain folks this is not the model and they, like Mr. Murphy have other options.  Having options is good.  Best of luck to Murphy. 

  4. Grant Goodwin, July 20, 2021 at 5:45 p.m.

    That is great for Dane Murphy as an American to be CEO of Nottingham Forest.  My question is, "How did he go from technical director for eight months at DC United to CEO at Barnsley.  That is quite a leap, and the must have see something they liked with him.  Good for him.  

  5. Kerry Solomon, July 24, 2021 at 7:40 p.m.

    Forest has been my team for years.  Hopefully, Mr. Murphy can be instrumental in bringing them to the Premiership

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