Des Bulpin

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Des Bulpin
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Bulpin pictured in 2011
Personal information
Full name Desmond Donaldson Bulpin
Date of birth (1951-03-31) 31 March 1951 (age 66)
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Teams managed
Years Team
2009–2010 Philippines Philippines
2010–2011 Indian Arrows
2010–2011 India India U23
2012–2013 Shillong Lajong
2014–2015 Millwall (Assistant Head Coach)

Desmond Donaldson "Des" Bulpin is a Scottish football coach and current first-team coach at Football League Championship side Millwall. He managed the Philippines national team between 2009 and 2010. He holds a UEFA A Licence, the last qualification before the UEFA Pro Licence, and has extensive coaching experience with senior and youth teams through his involvement at several professional clubs and national teams.

Coaching career[edit]

Des Bulpin did his prelim badge in 1980 with Roy Hodgson. After that, he was invited by Bob Houghton to work with the schoolboys at Bristol City.[1] Des was then employed by Bobby Gould at Bristol Rovers as youth team coach, later as first team coach and reserve team manager. Other managers who have employed Bulpin are Gerry Francis, Ian Holloway,[2] Andy Kilner,[3] and David Burnside.

Des Bulpin has a solid record of identifying and developing young players such as Peter Crouch,[4] Daniel Dichio, Dougie Freedman, Kevin Gallen, Ledley King, Marcus Stewart, Steven Yates and many more. "Des Bulpin discovered me and along with my dad would be the biggest influence on my career," Peter Crouch says. "I remember him telling me when I was 15 that Jermain Defoe and I would play together for England when we were older and he hasn't been too far wrong. We're still in touch, and I'll always have time for Des."[5][6]

Bulpin's career has seen him work for football clubs such as Tottenham Hotspur, Queens Park Rangers, Bristol City, Bristol Rovers, Stockport County, Plymouth Argyle,[7] and Leicester City. He has also had international positions in countries such as Singapore and Uzbekistan, where Bulpin was the former head coach of the Uzbekistan U-17 football team. In November 2009, he was appointed as National Team Manager of the Philippines, signing an initial one-year deal.[8] He said, "it's a massive challenge, but we have to get on with it." He also vowed to turn the team into an "organized team that pressures other teams, plays a high tempo and moves the ball quickly."[9] In July 2010, he left his post with the Philippines to take over India's U-21 team which is fielded in the 2010–11 I-League season.[10]

From the autumn of 2010, Bulpin was head coach of Indian Arrows, the national under-21 team in India, who fielded a team in the I-League. The average age of the team was 19 years.[11] Six players of this team are currently in the national men's squad, coached and managed by Bob Houghton.[12] On 23 April 2011, Bob Houghton handed in his immediate resignation as the Indian national team coach, which the AIFF accepted and then confirmed that Bulpin would remain in his position. He left Indian Arrows and his role with the under-23 team in August 2011.[13] Bulpin joined Shillong Lajong as head coach in June 2012, having signed a two-year contract.[14][15] He left the club in January 2013 after Shillong won three of their 17 league matches under his management.[16][17]

Bulpin was appointed as manager of Crystal Palace's under-18 team in the summer of 2013.[18]


  1. ^ "Terras Appoint Bulpin". Dorset Echo. 26 November 2001. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "Holloway returns to Plymouth role". BBC Sport. BBC. 21 August 2007. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "Kilner leaves Stockport". BBC Sport. BBC. 29 October 2001. Archived from the original on 2 November 2001. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  4. ^ "How Mystic Des saw his 'young pony' become a thoroughbred". 20 November 2007. 
  5. ^ "Hat-trick memory keeps Crouch ready to dance back into the Liverpool limelight". 28 October 2007. 
  6. ^ "My debt to Spurs". 18 November 2007. 
  7. ^ Bevan, Chris (25 November 2007). "Argyle caretaker unsure on future". BBC Sport. BBC. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  8. ^ "Brit takes Philippines role". 12 November 2009. 
  9. ^ Tupas, Cedelf P. (4 January 2010). "New RP football coach optimistic". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 6 January 2010. 
  10. ^ "Bulpin to take charge of India U-19 side, meets AIFF officials". The Times of India. 19 July 2010. Retrieved 20 July 2010. 
  11. ^ "The Curious Case of Des Bulpin and the All Indian XI". 4 November 2010. 
  12. ^ "India's latest football sensation". 29 March 2011. 
  13. ^ "I-League: Sukhwinder Singh To Lead India U-23 For England Tour, Desmond Bulpin Being Relieved Of His Duties". 19 August 2011. 
  14. ^ "Shillong Lajong FC appoints Scottish football coach Desmond Bulpin". Shillong Lajong F.C. 8 June 2012. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  15. ^ "Des Bulpin signs for Shillong Lajong". Fox Sports Asia. 9 June 2012. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  16. ^ "Shillong Lajong FC part ways with Desmond Bulpin". Shillong Lajong F.C. 22 January 2013. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  17. ^ "Bulpin parts ways with Shillong Lajong". The Times of India. 22 January 2013. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  18. ^ Woosnam, Matt (24 August 2013). "Woosie's Words: New season, new staff". Epsom Guardian. Retrieved 26 August 2013.