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Exeter keen to hang onto Tisdale

Paul Tisdale
Paul Tisdale's name has been linked with a number of clubs this summer

Exeter City have issued a hands-off warning to potential suitors of their highly regarded manager Paul Tisdale.

Championship club Swansea City are interested in the St James Park boss after he inspired League One new boys Exeter to back-to-back promotions.

Grecians director of football Steve Perryman said: "Paul is showing his faith in Exeter City and is going to drive our club forward."

Perryman admits interest in Tisdale from other clubs is not unexpected.

The 36-year-old joins former Wales captain Gary Speed and ex-Watford boss Aidy Boothroyd on Swansea's managerial shortlist to replace current boss Roberto Martinez, who is set to take over Premier League Wigan Athletic.

"Why wouldn't they fancy our manager?" Perryman told BBC Radio Devon.

"He's got a play-off win at Wembley and then another promotion.

"Paul doesn't rant and rave. He doesn't get too high or low on results and I'm extremely proud that bigger clubs are interested in taking him.

"He's very sensible and considered over his comments. He's said he finds it very hard to think when he's shouting and screaming."

The 36-year-old was appointed Exeter boss by Perryman in June 2006 and reached the Conference play-off final in his first season in charge, losing 2-1 to Morecambe at Wembley.

Tisdale then guided Exeter to promotion the following season, this time winning in the play-off final as they beat Cambridge 1-0.

The former Bristol City and Southampton midfielder became the first Exeter manager to win back-to-back promotions when he inspired the Grecians to second in League Two with his trademark neat football.

Tisdale's achievements were honoured when he won the League Managers' Association Award and his team's attractive style of football has won many admirers.

Tisdale was linked to the Reading job before Brendan Rodgers replaced Steve Coppell while he has also been touted as Rodgers' potential replacement at Watford.

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