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Ex Shrewsbury, Stockport boss Paul Simpson to return

Paul Simpson
Simpson believes he still has a lot to offer to the game

Paul Simpson believes he can make a successful return to football management, despite being recently sacked by Shrewsbury and Stockport.

"I feel as if I've had a bit of a bellyful of management recently. But I still believe I have something to offer," he told BBC Radio Shropshire.

Shrewsbury dismissed Simpson last term for missing the League Two play-offs.

Stockport followed suit in January, as he struggled to pull them away from the bottom of the Football League.

"I know people have opinions of my style of management," he said. "But I believe my record speaks for itself.

"I've got over 800 games behind me as player and 400 as a manager. I've got my coaching badges and a sports science degree, and I'm currently studying for a business management diploma."

The 44-year-old made his senior debut for Manchester City at the age of 16. The winger also played for Oxford, Derby, Wolves and Blackpool.

He first turned to management in 2002, being appointed player-manager at Rochdale where his highlight was leading the club to the fifth round of the FA Cup.

His next post was at home-town club Carlisle where, operating under a transfer embargo, he was unable to stop the side sliding out of the Football League - but he took them back up at the first attempt.

He was later tempted to Preston, before being appointed at Shrewsbury and then Stockport.

"I still think if I'd been given time at Shrewsbury I'd have been able to improve things, and I still believe if I'd been give more time at Stockport I'd have improved things - even though there was a very difficult financial situation there," he added.

"The trouble is, today's manager doesn't get very long. I think the average now is 13 months, perhaps less.

"My most successful time was at Carlisle where I had three successful years.

"When I took over the club was in real disarray and we went down - but I was give time to turn things round and make a success of it.

"Management can be a real horrible business, but football is also a fantastic business to be involved in.

"I think I've got something to offer. I just need a board of directors willing to give me the chance again."

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see also
Shrewsbury sack manager Simpson
30 Apr 10 |  Shrewsbury
Simpson named Stockport manager
12 Jul 10 |  Stockport
Stockport dismiss manager Simpson
04 Jan 11 |  Stockport

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