Bulpin pictured in 2011
|Full name||Desmond Donaldson Bulpin|
|Date of birth||31 March 1951|
|Place of birth||Glasgow, Scotland|
|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.
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. 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, Andy Kilner, and David Burnside.
Des Bulpin has a solid record of identifying and developing young players such as Peter Crouch, 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."
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, 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. 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." 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.
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. Six players of this team are currently in the national men's squad, coached and managed by Bob Houghton. 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. Bulpin joined Shillong Lajong as head coach in June 2012, having signed a two-year contract. He left the club in January 2013 after Shillong won three of their 17 league matches under his management.
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