Paul Ince

Paul Ince
Paul Ince.jpg
Ince in 2006
Personal information
Full name Paul Emerson Carlyle Ince[1]
Date of birth (1967-10-21) 21 October 1967 (age 53)[2]
Place of birth Ilford, London, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)[2]
Position(s) Midfielder[1]
Youth career
1982–1986 West Ham United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986–1989 West Ham United 72 (7)
1989–1995 Manchester United 206 (25)
1995–1997 Inter Milan 54 (10)
1997–1999 Liverpool 65 (14)
1999–2002 Middlesbrough 93 (7)
2002–2006 Wolverhampton Wanderers 115 (10)
2006 Swindon Town 3 (0)
2007 Macclesfield Town 1 (0)
Total 609 (73)
National team
1989 England U21 2 (0)
1992 England B 1 (0)
1992–2000 England 53 (2)
Teams managed
2006–2007 Macclesfield Town
2007–2008 Milton Keynes Dons
2008 Blackburn Rovers
2009–2010 Milton Keynes Dons
2010–2011 Notts County
2013–2014 Blackpool
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Paul Emerson Carlyle Ince (/ɪns/; born 21 October 1967) is an English professional football manager and former player who played as a midfielder from 1982 to 2007.

Ince spent the majority of his playing career at the highest level; after leaving West Ham United he joined Manchester United where he played in the Premier League. After two years in Serie A with Inter Milan he returned to England to play in the top flight for Liverpool, Middlesbrough and Wolverhampton Wanderers. After a spell as player-coach of Swindon Town, he retired from playing while player-manager of Macclesfield Town in 2007. He went on to manage Milton Keynes Dons (twice), Blackburn Rovers, Notts County and, after an almost-two-year break, Blackpool. He was capped 53 times by England, scoring two goals.

As a player, he won numerous honours with Manchester United, became the first black player to captain the England team as well as an English club at Blackburn in 08/09.[3] His son Tom Ince plays for Championship side Stoke City.

Club career

West Ham United

Ince was born in Ilford, Greater London.[4] He grew up as a West Ham United supporter. He was spotted playing, aged 12, by West Ham manager John Lyall around the time that the club was in the Second Division and achieved a surprise FA Cup final triumph over Arsenal.[citation needed]

He signed for the Hammers as a trainee, aged 14. Lyall helped Ince through troubled school times eventually signing him as a YTS trainee, on leaving school, in 1984.[5] He is a product of the West Ham youth team and made his debut in English football on 30 November 1986 against Newcastle United in the First Division.[6] He became a regular player in 1987–88, proving himself to have all-round qualities of pace, stamina, uncompromising tackling and good passing ability. He also packed a powerful shot, and was awarded with England under-21 honours to go with the youth caps he acquired as an apprentice. He firmly established himself as the successor in West Ham's midfield for the veteran Billy Bonds, who retired at the end of the 1987–88 season. Unfortunately for Ince, West Ham were not enjoying one of their best spells when he broke into the team. Despite having won the FA Cup in 1980 and finished third in the league in 1986, they had failed to sustain their challenge for major honours and finished 15th in 1987 and 16th in 1988, and worse was to follow.[citation needed]

In August 1988, an eventful season for Ince began. In a struggling West Ham side, he shot to national recognition with two stunning goals in a shock 4–1 win over defending league champions Liverpool in the League Cup, and continued to score goals as the Hammers reached the semi-finals while having real trouble finding any form in the League. West Ham lost to Luton Town in the semi-finals and, despite frequent displays of individual brilliance from Ince, were relegated at the end of the season, a disappointment which cost manager John Lyall his job after 15 years at the helm. West Ham's relegation sparked inevitable speculation that Ince would be sold to a First Division club, with Manchester United being among the clubs being linked to Ince's signature.[citation needed]

Manchester United

Paul Ince in March 1991.

Ince played just once in the Second Division the following season before completing a highly controversial transfer to Manchester United for £1 million. Ince had been photographed in a Manchester United kit long before the transfer was complete, which appeared in the Daily Express. Ince received abuse from West Ham United fans for many years afterwards. The initial move was postponed after he failed a medical, but was quickly completed on 14 September 1989 after he later received the all-clear.[citation needed]

In an article in Four Four Two magazine,[when?] he said:

"I spoke to Alex Ferguson and the deal was close to being done. I then went on holiday, and my agent at the time, Ambrose Mendy, said it wasn't worth me coming back to do a picture in a United shirt when the deal was completed, so I should do one before I left, and it would be released when the deal was announced. Lawrence Luster of the Daily Star took the picture and put in the library. Soon after, their sister paper, the Daily Express, were looking for a picture of me playing for West Ham, and found the one of me in the United shirt in the pile. They published it and all hell broke loose. "I came back from holiday to discover West Ham fans were going mad. It wasn't really my fault. I was only a kid, I did what my agent told me to do, then took all the crap for it."[7]

Ince eventually made his Manchester United debut in a 5–1 win over Millwall, although his next game for United came in a 5–1 Manchester derby defeat by Manchester City. Ince became a strong presence in the United midfield alongside Bryan Robson and Neil Webb, although the first season of this midfield partnership saw Robson and in particular Webb miss many games due to injury. Ince found himself partnering Webb in the centre of the United midfield for most of the 1990–91 season, with Robson absent from the close season until just before Christmas due to injury, with Mike Phelan appearing during Robson's absence.[citation needed]

United won the FA Cup in his first season, defeating Crystal Palace 1–0 in a replay at Wembley after initially drawing 3–3. In both of these games, Ince was selected at right-back in favour of Viv Anderson, with his favoured central midfield position being occupied by Mike Phelan. Ince was man of the match for the replay.[8]

Over the next four seasons, Robson's United career gradually wound down until he finally left to manage Middlesbrough in 1994. During this time, Ince found himself playing alongside several other different central midfielders, including Mike Phelan, Neil Webb and Darren Ferguson. The arrival of striker Eric Cantona in November 1992 saw Brian McClair become Ince's regular central midfield partner until the arrival of Roy Keane the following season.[citation needed]

Meanwhile, Ince became United's key midfielder, with snapping tackles, raking passes and some tremendously hit shots, though he was not too prolific a goalscorer. One of his best games came in January 1994, when he scored in a 2–2 away draw with former club West Ham in the Premier League.[citation needed]

He won his second winners' medal when United defeated Barcelona in the final of the European Cup Winners Cup in Rotterdam in 1991 and received his third another year later when United beat Nottingham Forest in the 1992 League Cup final.[citation needed]

The next year, Manchester United were competing in the inaugural Premier League season with Ince and his best friend at the time, Ryan Giggs at the fore and part of a team that included Mark Hughes, Eric Cantona, Peter Schmeichel, Andrei Kanchelskis, Steve Bruce and Denis Irwin. Seeking a first League title for 26 years, United won it and Ince completed his domestic medal set just four years after joining the club.[citation needed]

Manchester United continued to dominate the domestic game in 1993–94, enjoying an almost unbroken lead of the Premier League throughout the season, and Ince was the midfield general in the side which won the "double" of league and FA Cup in 1994. A year later and Ince suffered more of the all too familiar chants of "Judas" when he and Manchester United went to West Ham on the last day of the season, needing a win to retain their Premier League crown. They could only draw the game and Blackburn Rovers took the title. Ince's next game saw them lose the FA Cup final to Everton, leaving United without a major trophy for the first time in six seasons. During that season, his central midfield partner Roy Keane had missed 17 of United's 42 league games due to injury, meaning that Ince often found himself partnered with Brian McClair and – particularly towards the end of the season – the 20-year-old Nicky Butt.[citation needed]

In June 1995, Ferguson sold Ince to Inter Milan for £7.5 million – at the time one of the biggest fees involving an English club. Ferguson had long sustained a tempestuous relationship with Ince, labelling him a "bottler" and a "big-time Charlie", which many fans saw as the prime reason for Ince being sold, rather than on footballing or economic grounds.[9][10] Ince's sale caused unrest among United supporters, and the discontent deepened when United turned to the much younger Nicky Butt as his successor rather than buying a more experienced player. A similar uproar followed the subsequent sale of Ince's teammates Mark Hughes and Andrei Kanchelskis, although the younger players who filled their places in the team contributed greatly to United's "double double" success in the 1995–96 season as well as the triumphs of subsequent seasons.[citation needed]

While at United, Ince had collected two Premier League title medals as well as two FA Cup winner's medals and one winner's medal each in the European Cup Winners' Cup and Football League Cup. He had also collected runners-up medals in the League Cup twice and the FA Cup once.[citation needed]

Inter Milan

In the 1995–96 season, Inter failed to challenge for a 14th scudetto, finishing seventh in the Serie A. Ince, though, had a successful first season, playing in all but four of Inter's league matches and performing well after a slow start which had started speculation that he could be on his way back to the Premier League as early as the November transfer window - with Arsenal and Newcastle United both reported to be interested. However, he would remain in Milan for two seasons.[11]

The next year, Ince had another successful season with the nerazzurri, scoring 6 times in 24 matches in the championship – in which Inter finished third – and also playing his part in Inter's run through to the UEFA Cup Final. Ince scored in the third round second-leg match away to Boavista as Inter swept all before them before meeting Schalke 04 in the final. Ince did not play in the away first-leg as Inter lost 1–0 but he returned to the line-up for the home match which the Italians won 1–0 thanks to a goal from Iván Zamorano. Penalties were again a heart breaker for Ince though, as Schalke won 4–1 in the resulting penalty shoot-out.[citation needed]

He was offered a new, improved contract by club president, Massimo Moratti, despite having two and a half years left on his current contract. However, due to family reasons he was unable to accept the contract and returned to England with Liverpool.[citation needed]


After two seasons in Italy, Ince returned to England in the summer of 1997 so that his son, Tom, approaching his fifth birthday, could attend an English school. He joined Liverpool for more than £4 million – a move that surprised many because of the long history of rivalry between Manchester United and Liverpool, and few players had ever appeared for both of these clubs during their careers.[citation needed]

According to Graeme Le Saux's autobiography, Ince's homophobic taunting and Le Saux's reaction during a 1997 match between Liverpool and Chelsea resulted in a long-running coolness between the two players.[12]

Ince won no honours in his first season with Liverpool as his new club were in the midst of a transitional period where they were cast as 'nearly men', and also described as the 'Spice Boys' – a term coined to describe players including Steve McManaman, Robbie Fowler, Jason McAteer and Jamie Redknapp as underachieving playboys in the game; the term itself is derived from the name of the contemporary pop group, the Spice Girls.[citation needed] Ince's second season with Liverpool was again trophyless (seventh place in the league meant they would not even be competing in the UEFA Cup the following season) but he scored a late equaliser against Manchester United at Anfield and celebrated in front of the Kop. The draw was not enough to deprive United of the Premier League title that formed part of their treble success.[citation needed]


In the summer of 1999, however, Liverpool coach Gérard Houllier put Ince on the transfer list and the 31-year-old signed for Middlesbrough for £1 million. He linked up with his former teammate Bryan Robson, who had by then been manager of Boro for five years.[citation needed]

As club captain, Ince played three seasons making 106 appearances with nine goals at Middlesbrough before he was given a free transfer in 2002 at the end of his contract by Robson's successor, Steve McClaren.[citation needed]

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Ince joined Wolverhampton Wanderers and was playing outside a national top division for the first time since his one brief appearance there for West Ham in 1989, prior to his move to Manchester United. That said, Ince was in the Wolves team which won promotion to the Premier League as Division One playoff winners in his first season. They were relegated after just one season in the top flight (their first since 1983–84), but Ince helped them beat his old club Manchester United 1–0 in mid January and chose to stay with Wolves despite their relegation.[citation needed]

Ince was expected to retire at the end of the 2004–05 season, but he changed his mind halfway through the season following the appointment of Glenn Hoddle as manager of a Wolves side who were struggling at the wrong end of the league. Wolves climbed up to ninth in the final table, proving themselves very hard to beat under Hoddle's management, although they drew too many games to be able to make a late run to the playoff places. In June 2005, he signed a new one-year contract with Wolves. In April 2006, he announced that he wanted to continue playing for Wolves for a further season after speaking with his friend Teddy Sheringham. However, following Ince's failure to get the manager's job at Wolves in July 2006 on Hoddle's resignation, the newly appointed manager, Mick McCarthy, decided not to offer Ince a new contract. Throughout his time with the club, Ince declared his intention to return, at some point in the future, as manager of Wolves.[13]

International career

Ince made his debut for the full England team in September 1992 in a friendly match against Spain in Santander.[14] England lost 1–0 but Ince proved a success. He was duly awarded his second cap a month later in a disappointing 1–1 draw with Norway in a qualifying match for the 1994 World Cup.[citation needed]

Success at international level was not forthcoming. Ince was booked in a crucial World Cup qualifier against Poland, which caused him to be suspended for a critical 2–0 loss to Norway. However, Ince made history during England's summer tour of the US when, in a match against the host nation, he became England's first black captain in the absence of David Platt and Tony Adams. England lost 2–0.[15]

Ince won his tenth England cap in a 3–0 win over Poland which kept alive their World Cup qualification hopes, though required a victory over the Netherlands in Rotterdam a month later. In a controversial match, Holland beat England 2–0 and qualification hopes had gone. Ince scored twice – his first and only international goals – as the qualifying campaign ended with a 7–1 thumping of San Marino in Bologna. England had needed to win by seven clear goals and hope the Netherlands lost to Poland. Neither occurred, and England failed to qualify.[citation needed]

During Euro 96 Ince was a member of Terry Venables' England team as the midfield ball winner and got the label of "Gazza's minder",[16] whose job was to create room for Paul Gascoigne to exploit with his natural ball skills. Though the first group game ended in a disappointing 1–1 draw at Wembley against Switzerland, England went on to defeat Scotland 2–0 and then met the Netherlands and put on a display subsequently heralded as "the greatest in generations" and "the high point of the tournament for England".[17] Ince was fouled for a penalty which gave England the lead and helped them towards a 4–1 win; he also picked up a yellow card which rendered him unavailable for the quarter final against Spain, so David Platt replaced him in a match England won in a penalty shoot-out.[18]

Venables put Ince back in the side for the semifinal against Germany, replacing the suspended Gary Neville as England switched systems to a back three, accommodating Ince in central midfield with Paul Gascoigne and David Platt. Ince was part of an England team that played well but the match rarely spent much time as one-way traffic in either direction,[19] and it finished a 1–1 draw. England lost the penalty shoot-out when Gareth Southgate missed the sixth England penalty. Ince, along with fellow midfielders Steve McManaman and Darren Anderton and captain Tony Adams, received criticism for not taking a penalty before Southgate, and Ince also sat with his back to the action for the whole time.[20][21]

Another new England coach came on the scene in Glenn Hoddle and Ince kept his place for the next six internationals, which included five crucial qualifiers for the 1998 World Cup in France. England won four of them but lost 1–0 at home to Italy. During the first of these qualifiers against Moldova in Chişinău, a famous photograph of Ince was taken as he tried to climb a wall at the stadium, only for Gascoigne to pull his tracksuit trousers down, revealing Ince's bare buttocks in front of an army of cameras.[citation needed]

Ince won his 30th England cap in May 1997 as England beat Poland 2–0 in Chorzow to leave them with an opportunity to get through to the World Cup provided they could beat Moldova at Wembley and then not lose to Italy in Rome. Moldova were duly dispatched 4–0 and Ince, in an incident reminiscent of Terry Butcher against Sweden seven years earlier, started the Italy match with a white England shirt and ended it with a red one after his own blood soaked the shirt following a deep cut to his head. The game ended goalless and England had qualified.[22]

Ince was selected in the England squad for the World Cup in 1998, winning his 40th cap in the opening group game against Tunisia in Marseille. England got through the group but succumbed in the second round to Argentina, again after a penalty shoot-out. This time Ince did take a penalty but saw it saved.[23]

Due to a red card against Sweden in England's first qualifying match for Euro 2000, Ince was suspended for three matches by UEFA. After initially failing to displace Tim Sherwood and David Batty in Kevin Keegan's new-look side, Ince returned to the XI for the two legged play-off with Scotland as England sealed its place in the Netherlands and Belgium.

In a warm up match for Euro 2000 against Malta, Ince came on as a substitute and won his 50th cap, and was subsequently named in the 22-man squad for the tournament.[24] He duly played in all three of England's group games of the tournament – winning a penalty against Romania in the last game – but England lost two of three matches and were eliminated. Ince immediately retired from the England scene.[citation needed]

Style of play

A tenacious, athletic, and hard-working player, Ince was known for his tireless running and ability to provide defensive support to his team in midfield.[25][26]

Managerial career

Swindon Town (player-coach)

After much speculation and prolonged discussions, Ince signed a one-year contract with Swindon Town as a player/coach on 31 August 2006. Swindon were rumoured to have beaten the likes of Birmingham City and West Bromwich Albion for his signature. A key factor in the transfer was Ince's long standing friendship with Town manager Dennis Wise, who had played alongside him occasionally in the England team during the 1990s. He made his full debut for Swindon in the 2–1 victory over MK Dons on 12 September 2006.[citation needed]

Ince only played one other game for Swindon after the MK victory – before the club announced that Ince had felt he could not fulfil his playing duties with the club and that his contract had been terminated by mutual consent, although he continued coaching at the club to complete his coaching badges.[citation needed]

Macclesfield Town

On 23 October 2006, Ince was confirmed as the new player-manager of Macclesfield Town in succession to Brian Horton. However, he was ineligible to play for the Silkmen until January when the transfer window opened, as Swindon Town still held his registration.[27] He joined Macclesfield with the club bottom of League Two, seven points off their nearest rivals. He then revived confidence and after a 3–0 win against Chester they managed to climb off the bottom of the table. They subsequently avoided relegation, albeit on the last day of the season. On 4 January 2007 Ince was named as League Two Manager of the Month for December. Ince retired as a player while at Macclesfield, where he only made one league appearance.[28]

Milton Keynes Dons (2007–08)

Ince was unveiled as the new Milton Keynes Dons manager along with his assistant Ray Mathias and fitness coach Duncan Russell on 25 June 2007.[29] The Dons reached the top of their Division in September 2007[30] and other clubs began to take a serious interest. In October and November 2007, he denied rumours that he was being linked with managerless Premier League teams Wigan,[31] Derby County[32] and Championship team Norwich City.[33]

Ince was named as League Two Manager of the Month in October and December 2007, and again in April 2008.[34][35][36]

Ince's first silverware as manager came in the Football League Trophy final at Wembley on 31 March 2008, with the MK Dons defeating Grimsby Town 2–0. He then secured the Dons' return to League One in April 2008 after they beat Stockport County 3–2. On 26 April, the Dons became League Two champions after they beat Bradford City 2–1.[citation needed]

Blackburn Rovers

In the close-season it was speculated that Ince had been contacted by Blackburn Rovers in their search to appoint a new manager, something that Ince himself denied.[37] However, the BBC reported that Ince would be named as Blackburn manager by the end of the week of 19 June.[38] He was appointed on 22 June and became the first black British manager in England's top division.[4] On the first day of the 2008–09 FA Premier League season, Blackburn faced Everton at Goodison Park for Ince's first Premier League game with Blackburn. David Dunn opened the scoring for Ince's side and Roque Santa Cruz and Andre Ooijer later scored in a 3–2 win. Ince's 2008 summer signings included England international goalkeeper Paul Robinson, Danny Simpson (Loan), Vince Grella, Carlos Villanueva (Loan), Robbie Fowler, Mark Bunn and Keith Andrews.[citation needed] While at the club, Ince spent over £10 million on Robinson, Grella and Andrews.[39]

After winning just three games in 17, Ince was sacked on 16 December 2008 after just six months in charge.[40] Ince had been with Blackburn only 177 days, one of the shortest reigns of a Premier League manager.[41] Blackburn fans had been demanding his removal following a 5–3 loss to Manchester United at Old Trafford in the League Cup on 3 December 2008. At the game, the crowd could be heard chanting "You don't know what you're doing" and "We want Incey out" as well as singing the name of their former manager Graeme Souness.[42]

Milton Keynes Dons (2009–10)

On 3 July 2009, Ince signed again for Milton Keynes Dons on a two-year deal.[43][44] During Ince's second spell the Dons were less successful finishing in 13th place in League One. On 16 April 2010, he announced that he would leave the job a year early, at the end of the 2009–10 season.[45]

Notts County

Ince returned to management on 28 October 2010, signing a three-year deal with Notts County.[46] On 3 April 2011 he left the club by mutual consent after losing a club record nine games in a row, including a 2–0 defeat to relegation rivals Oldham Athletic the day before.[citation needed]


On 18 February 2013, Blackpool appointed Ince as manager on a one-year rolling contract. He had been watching the team, for which his son Tom played, in person for over a year.[47] Ince took charge of his first match as Blackpool manager on 20 February 2013, a 2–0 defeat against Leeds United at Elland Road.[48] He earned his first win on 9 March 2013, a 2–1 victory against Watford at Vicarage Road.[49]

Under Ince Blackpool made their best-ever start to a league season. Their victory at Bournemouth on 14 September 2013 gave them 16 points out of a possible 18, with five wins and a draw in their first six games.[50] Following the game at Bournemouth Ince was given a five-match stadium ban by The Football Association for his conduct towards a match official in the tunnel after the game. The FA concluded that his behaviour had constituted violent conduct. He was also fined £4,000.[51] Ince left Blackpool on 21 January 2014, after less than a year in charge, becoming their fourth-shortest-serving manager in their history (40 league games). Under his management, Blackpool won 12 out of 42 games and had not won since 30 November 2013.[52]

Personal life

Ince's son, Tom, has played for the England national under-17 football team and for Ince's former club Liverpool.[53] On 1 November 2010, Ince put through a two-month loan deal to bring Tom to Notts County and on 3 August 2011 Tom signed a two-year contract with Blackpool.[54][55] Ince is also the uncle of singer Rochelle Humes and cousin to footballer Rohan Ince and Trinidadian goalkeeper Clayton Ince.[56][57][58]

Career statistics


Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
West Ham United 1986–87 First Division 10 1 2 0 0 0 1[a] 0 13 1
1987–88 First Division 28 3 1 0 2 0 1[a] 0 32 3
1988–89 First Division 33 3 7 1 7 3 2[a] 1 49 8
1989–90 Second Division 1 0 1 0
Total 72 7 10 1 9 3 4 1 95 12
Manchester United 1989–90 First Division 26 0 7 0 3 2 36 2
1990–91 First Division 31 3 2 0 6 0 7[b] 0 1[c] 0 47 3
1991–92 First Division 33 3 3 0 7 0 3[b] 0 1[d] 0 47 3
1992–93 Premier League 41 5 2 0 3 0 1[e] 0 47 5
1993–94 Premier League 39 8 7 1 5 0 4[f] 0 1[c] 0 56 9
1994–95 Premier League 36 5 6 0 0 0 5[f] 0 1[c] 1 48 6
Total 206 24 27 1 24 2 20 0 4 1 281 28
Inter Milan 1995–96 Serie A 30 3 5 0 0 0 35 3
1996–97 Serie A 24 7 4 2 10 1 38 10
Total 54 10 9 2 10 1 73 13
Liverpool 1997–98 Premier League 31 8 1 0 4 0 4[e] 0 40 8
1998–99 Premier League 34 6 2 1 2 1 3[e] 1 41 9
Total 65 14 3 1 6 1 7 1 81 17
Middlesbrough 1999–2000 Premier League 32 3 0 0 3 1 35 4
2000–01 Premier League 30 2 3 0 2 0 35 2
2001–02 Premier League 31 2 4 1 1 0 36 3
Total 93 7 7 1 6 1 106 9
Wolverhampton Wanderers 2002–03 First Division 37 2 3 1 2 0 3[g] 0 45 3
2003–04 Premier League 32 2 1 0 2 0 35 2
2004–05 Championship 28 3 2 0 1 1 31 4
2005–06 Championship 18 3 2 0 0 0 20 3
Total 115 10 8 1 5 1 3 0 131 12
Swindon Town 2006–07 League Two 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Macclesfield Town 2006–07 League Two 1 0 1 0
Total 609 72 64 7 50 8 37 1 11 2 771 91


England senior team
Year Apps Goals
1992 3 0
1993 9 2
1994 3 0
1995 1 0
1996 10 0
1997 9 0
1998 9 0
1999 4 0
2000 5 0
Total 53 2

Managerial statistics

Managerial record by team and tenure
Team From To Record
P W D L Win %
Macclesfield Town 2006 2007 35 14 8 13 040.0
MK Dons 2007 2008 55 33 12 10 060.0
Blackburn Rovers 2008 2008 21 6 4 11 028.6
MK Dons 2009 2010 56 23 9 24 041.1
Notts County 2010 2011 29 10 6 13 034.5
Blackpool 2013 2014 42 12 15 15 028.6
Total 238 98 54 86 041.2


As a player

Manchester United

Wolverhampton Wanderers


As a manager

Milton Keynes Dons



  1. ^ a b c Appearance(s) in Full Members' Cup
  2. ^ a b Appearances in European Cup Winners' Cup
  3. ^ a b c Appearance in Charity Shield
  4. ^ Appearances in European Super Cup
  5. ^ a b c Appearances in UEFA Cup
  6. ^ a b Appearances in UEFA Champions League
  7. ^ Appearances in First Division play-offs


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