Stuart Murdoch

Stuart Murdoch is an English football coach who was born on 25th May 1954. Murdoch worked under Glenn Roeder at Watford in the mid-1990s before moving to Wimbledon as a goalkeeping coach in 1996. He remained at the club in a variety of roles until 2002 when he was named first team manager. Wimbledon had just announced their controversial plans to relocate to Milton Keynes, and faced a season playing in front of a virtually empty Selhurst Park. Despite all the off pitch problems Murdoch managed to guide the Dons to a respectable 10th place Division 1 finish. David Connolly and Neil Shipperly contributed hugely to Wimbledon's successful 2002/03 season, scoring a combined 48 goals. Murdoch also oversaw the development of youngsters like Nigel Reo-Coker, Adam Nowland and Jobi McAnuff. Kelvin Davis, Damien Francis, Mikele Leigertwood and Patrick Agyemang were also among Murdoch's ranks. All those players would leave the club during or prior to the 2003/04 season as Wimbledon were placed in administration. Murdoch could do nothing to halt a relegation to Division 2 as the club moved to the National Hockey Stadium in Milton Keynes. He continued to produce fairly attractive teams, but the inexperience told and Wimbledon suffered a record number of defeats before finishing bottom. Murdoch was sacked in November 2004 with the club in the League One drop zone.

Murdoch joined Bournemouth as goalkeeping coach in July 2005. In September 2006 he became the club's joint caretaker boss alongside Joe Roach until Kevin Bond was appointed permanent Cherries manager. Murdoch then reverted to his previous coaching role at Dean Court. He joined Norwich in January 2008, but left after just four days for 'family reasons'. A few weeks later he became Millwall's chief scout.

On 1st August 2009 Murdoch was appointed part-time goalkeeping coach at scout at Southampton. He worked under manager Alan Pardew, and alongside fellow trainers Dean Wilkins and Wally Downes at St Marys during 2009/10. Murdoch linked up with David Connolly and Kelvin Davis for the first time since his Wimbledon days. He was sacked by Southampton along with Pardew and Downes on August 30th 2010.

In November 2010 Murdoch was appointed specialist goalkeeping coach at Gillingham.