Paul Cox (footballer)
Cox in 2013
|Full name||Paul Richard Cox|
|Date of birth||6 January 1972|
|Place of birth||Nottingham, England|
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Current club||Mansfield Town (manager)|
|1994||→ Hull City (loan)||5||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Paul Cox (born 6 January 1972) is an English football manager and former player, who is currently manager of Mansfield Town.
As a player, Cox was a defender who could play as right-back or as a central defender. He began his career at his hometown club Notts County, making his first-team debut against Manchester City on 25 April 1992, coming on as a substitute for Kevin Bartlett. Cox spent five years at Notts County, playing just over 40 matches, and also had a short loan spell with Hull City.
At the end of the 1994–95 season, Cox was released by Notts County, and he subsequently dropped down into non-league football, where he most notably spent five seasons with Kettering Town, and also had spells at Halifax Town and Hucknall Town.
Coaching and management career
In 2003, Cox began his coaching career when he became assistant manager at Eastwood Town of the Northern Premier League. In October 2006, Cox became manager of the club, and steered the club away from the Northern Premier League Division One relegation zone in his first season. The next season, he guided the Badgers to the first of two consecutive promotions, and in 2008–09 he also guided the club to the third round proper of the FA Cup for the first time in the club's history, where they lost to his former team Kettering.
In 2009–10, Cox led Eastwood to an 11th place finish in their debut season in the Conference North, and in 2010–11, sparked by a 19-match unbeaten run, Eastwood finished in 4th place. However, the club was not allowed to compete in the promotion play-offs because their Coronation Park ground did not have the proper grade to be eligible for promotion to the Conference National. On 5 May 2011, Cox resigned as manager of Eastwood Town. On 19 May 2011, Cox was officially was unveiled as the new manager of Mansfield Town in the Blue Square Premier.
On 12 April 2012, Paul Cox confirmed a new deal with Mansfield chairman John Radford to keep him at the club for another two seasons.
On 9 February 2013, Cox was handed an Aston Martin DB9 from his chairman John Radford as a reward after his side scored five times in the first half against Barrow. Mansfield ended up beating Barrow 8–1.
- As of 8 March 2014
|Eastwood Town*||2005||31 May 2011||253||126||60||67||49.80|
|Mansfield Town||31 May 2011||Present||144||68||38||38||47.22|
- Eastwood Town stats league only.
- Northern Premier League Challenge Cup winners 2007–08
- Northern Premier League Premier Division winners 2008–09
- Nottinghamshire Senior Cup winners 2005–06, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2009–10, 2010–11
- Conference National winners 2012–13
- Rollin, Jack (1992). Rothmans Football Yearbook 1992–93. Headline Books. ISBN 0-7472-7905-5.
- Cox quits as Eastwood boss, Nottingham Evening post (5 May 2011). Retrieved on 18 May 2011.
- "Mansfield chairman gives manager his Aston Martin as reward for big win". inside World Soccer. 10 February 2013.