Paul Trollope

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Paul Trollope
Personal information
Full name Paul Jonathan Trollope
Date of birth (1972-06-03) 3 June 1972 (age 42)
Place of birth Swindon, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Cardiff City (head coach)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989–1992 Swindon Town 0 (0)
1992 Torquay United (loan) 10 (0)
1992–1995 Torquay United 96 (16)
1994 Derby County (loan) 3 (1)
1995–1997 Derby County 62 (4)
1996 Grimsby Town (loan) 7 (1)
1996 Crystal Palace (loan) 10 (0)
1997–2002 Fulham 78 (5)
2002 Coventry City 6 (0)
2002–2004 Northampton Town 84 (8)
2004–2007 Bristol Rovers 30 (2)
Total 386 (37)
National team
1997–2003 Wales 9 (0)
Teams managed
2005–2010 Bristol Rovers
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Paul Jonathan Trollope (born 3 June 1972) is a former Welsh international football midfielder and current head coach of Cardiff City. He was manager of Bristol Rovers from 2005 to 2010.

As a player, he began his career with Swindon Town in 1989, but made his name at Torquay United between 1992 and 1995. He then transferred to Derby County, before signing with Fulham in 1997. After five years he moved on to Northampton Town via Coventry City. He joined his final club, Bristol Rovers, in 2004, before retiring as a player in 2007.

While still a player, he was appointed caretaker-manager of Bristol Rovers in 2005. Impressing in the position he was handed the job permanently, and took the club to the Football League Trophy final in 2007, as well victory in the League Two play-off Final. Stabilizing the club in League One, he took Rovers to the FA Cup quarter-finals in 2008, equalling a club record in the competition. After two more seasons finishing mid-table in League One, he was sacked after a poor start to 2010–11. He was first-team coach at Birmingham City for the 2011–12 season, and then followed manager Chris Hughton to Norwich City until April 2014.

Playing career[edit]

Club career[edit]

He is the son of former Swindon Town defender John Trollope and began his career at Swindon as a trainee, turning professional in December 1989, but failed to make the first team. He joined Torquay United on loan in March 1992 and signed on a free transfer for the Plainmoor side that summer. after 106 league games and 16 goals for Torquay, he was a regular under manager Don O'Riordan and started to attract Premier League clubs and moved to Derby County in December 1994 for a fee of £100,000. He had loan spells with Grimsby Town in August 1996 and Crystal Palace in October 1996.

He moved to Fulham in November 1997 for a fee of £600,000 and left the Cottagers five years later. The move saw him join Coventry City on a free transfer in March 2002 after losing his place at Craven Cottage.[1] He stayed only a few months at Highfield Road, moving to Northampton Town in July after being released at the end of the season.

International career[edit]

In May 1997, Trollope was called up by then Wales manager, Bobby Gould, and made his debut in a 1–0 victory over Scotland at Kilmarnock. While Trollope was never able to hold down a regular place in the Welsh international team, he made nine appearances for the senior squad over six years, culminating in March 2003 in a 4–0 home victory over Azerbaijan in the ultimately unsuccessful qualifying campaign for Euro 2004.

Management career[edit]

Bristol Rovers[edit]

In June 2004 he moved to Bristol Rovers on a free transfer. In his second season he became caretaker manager and was then appointed first-team coach in a two-tier managerial structure, alongside Director of Football Lennie Lawrence, in November 2005. His first season in charge ended in a respectable midtable position of 12th place in League Two. The following year Rovers reached the Football League Trophy final but lost to Doncaster Rovers.[2] They made up for this loss by winning promotion to League One via the play-offs.[3]

In the 2007–08 season, Trollope steered Bristol Rovers to mid-table security after a shaky start. Rovers also made the quarter-finals of the FA Cup for the first time in 50 years. In September 2009, following more success, he signed a rolling one-year contract under which his title changed to manager.

Despite his achievements at the club, he was sacked on 15 December 2010, with Rovers lying in the League One relegation zone.[4] His overall record in charge of the club was 106 wins and 71 draws from 284 games.[5]

Return to coaching[edit]

In July 2011, Trollope was appointed first-team coach of Championship club Birmingham City to work with manager Chris Hughton.[6] When Hughton left for Premier League club Norwich City at the end of the season, Trollope went with him, again as first-team coach.[7] He left the club when Hughton was dismissed in April 2014.[8]

Trollope was appointed head coach of Championship club Cardiff City in February 2015.[9]

Manager stats[edit]

Club From To P W D L %Won
Bristol Rovers 22 September 2005 15 December 2010 284 106 71 107 37.32
Season Club League Position Achievements
2005–06 Bristol Rovers League Two 12th None
2006–07 Bristol Rovers League Two 6th Manager of the Month – April

Football League Trophy Runners-up Play-Off Winners

2007–08 Bristol Rovers League One 16th Equalled club record for progression in the FA Cup (quarter-finals)
2008–09 Bristol Rovers League One 11th Manager of the Month – October
2009–10 Bristol Rovers League One 10th Manager of the Month – September
2010–11 Bristol Rovers League One 21st None


As a player[edit]

Derby County

As a manager[edit]

Bristol Rovers


  1. ^ "Trollope joins City". Fulham Official Website. 22 March 2002. Retrieved 10 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "Bristol Rovers 2–3 Doncaster AET". BBC Sport. 1 April 2007. Retrieved 17 May 2007. 
  3. ^ "Bristol Rovers 3–1 Shrewsbury". BBC Sport. 16 May 2007. Retrieved 14 December 2007. 
  4. ^ "Manager Paul Trollope sacked by Bristol Rovers". BBC Sport. 15 December 2010. Retrieved 15 December 2010. 
  5. ^ a b "Managers: Paul Trollope". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 8 June 2012. 
  6. ^ "Trollope joins Blues". Birmingham City F.C. 15 July 2011. Retrieved 15 July 2011. 
  7. ^ "Chris Hughton appointed as new Norwich City manager". BBC Sport. 7 June 2012. Retrieved 7 June 2012. 
  8. ^ "Chris Hughton: Norwich sack manager and appoint Neil Adams". BBC Sport. 6 April 2012. Retrieved 7 April 2014. 
  9. ^ "Trollope joins Cardiff City coaching team". BBC Sport. 14 February 2015. Retrieved 19 February 2015. 

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