Paul Smalley

Paul Thomas Smalley (born 17 November 1966) is a former English footballer and current coach.

Paul Smalley
Personal information
Full name Paul Thomas Smalley[1]
Date of birth (1966-11-17) 17 November 1966 (age 53)
Place of birth Nottingham, England
Playing position(s) Right back
Youth career
Notts County
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1984–1988 Notts County 118 (0)
1988–1990 Scunthorpe United 86 (1)
1990Blackpool (loan) 6 (0)
1990–1991 Leeds United 0 (0)
1991 Doncaster Rovers 14 (0)
Sutton Town
1992–1996 Hucknall Town
Shepshed Dynamo
Teams managed
2019–2020 Brunei
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Club careerEdit

Born in Nottingham, Smalley began his career in the academy of hometown club Notts County. Over the course of four years, Smalley made 118 Football League appearances for the club, before leaving to sign for Scunthorpe United in 1988, scoring one goal in 86 league games. In 1990, Smalley signed for Leeds United, however failed to make an appearance for the club, signing for Doncaster Rovers in 1991, making 14 league appearances.[1] Following his time at Doncaster, Smalley dropped into Non-League football, playing for Sutton Town, Hucknall Town and Shepshed Dynamo.[2]

Coaching careerEdit

Following his retirement, Smalley entered coaching, becoming a coach and regional director for The Football Association. In 2002, Smalley was appointed technical director for New Zealand Football. In 2008, after a stint in the United States, Smalley was named director of youth at Portsmouth. Following his spell at Portsmouth, Smalley took up roles in Oceania, working with clubs Northern Fury and Waitakere United, as well as working with the Football Federation Victoria and Football Federation Australia. In 2016, he was appointed technical and strategic director of the Bangladesh Football Federation. In November 2019, Smalley was appointed manager of Brunei.[3] He left his post by mutual consent in May 2020.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Paul Smalley". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 8 December 2019.
  2. ^ "Player search". English National Player Archive. Retrieved 8 December 2019.
  3. ^ "Paul Smalley appointed as new Brunei coach (2019)". Modasys Technology. 15 November 2019. Retrieved 8 December 2019.
  4. ^ "Paul Smalley ends stint as Brunei's head coach". Borneo Bulletin. 28 May 2020. Retrieved 28 May 2020.