Ian Sharps

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Ian Sharps
Personal information
Full name Ian William Sharps[1]
Date of birth (1980-10-23) 23 October 1980 (age 37)
Place of birth Warrington, England
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Walsall (Assistant Manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2006 Tranmere Rovers 172 (6)
2006–2010 Rotherham United 163 (8)
2010–2012 Shrewsbury Town 86 (2)
2012–2013 Rotherham United 23 (1)
2013 Burton Albion (loan) 16 (0)
2013–2015 Burton Albion 58 (1)
2015 AFC Telford United (loan) 15 (0)
2015–2016 Chester 32 (0)
Total 565 (18)
Teams managed
2018 Walsall (caretaker)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:29, 12 August 2016 (UTC)

Ian William Sharps (born 23 October 1980) is an English former footballer who is currently First-Team Coach at Walsall Football Club. During his playing career he was a defender most commonly deployed at centre-back.


Born in Warrington, Sharps is a tall central defender who signed for Tranmere Rovers after serving as a trainee and soon established himself as a first team regular making almost 200 appearances. Sharps joined Rotherham United on a two-year deal during the summer of 2006.[2] Following the 2007–08 season, he signed a new two-year contract with Rotherham.[3] Sharps played his 100th game for the Millers in their FA Cup tie away at Aldershot Town. Despite going through three points deductions, Ian has remained loyal to The Millers and has established himself as one of Rotherham's most consistent performers. Sharps got voted Rotherham United Player of the Year in 2009, resulting him being re-appointed club captain for the 2009 season. On 14 June 2010, Sharps signed for Shrewsbury Town, and was named as club captain. Over a period of 2 seasons, he helped guide Shrewsbury to promotion from League Two in the 2011–12 season. However, despite the accolade, he was to move on, and return to his former club.

Sharps re-joined Rotherham United on 22 May 2012, there was interest from Tranmere Rovers but Sharps opted for the Millers and the lure of the New York Stadium, and he was appointed the captain.

On 18 January 2013, Sharps was loaned out to Burton Albion, before joining them permanently at the end of the season.[4] Although he was a regular player for Burton at first, he fell out of favour after the departure of manager Gary Rowett to Birmingham City, and Sharps joined AFC Telford United on loan in February 2015 for the rest of the season.[4] At the end of the season, it was announced that he would be leaving Burton at the end of his contract, and signing permanently for Telford United on a one-year deal at that point.[5]

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of match played 12 March 2018
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team From To Record Ref
P W D L Win %
Walsall (caretaker) 12 March 2018 16 March 2018 error 02 01 01 100.0 [6]
Total error 02 01 01 !




  1. ^ Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2009). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2009–10. Mainstream Publishing. p. 372. ISBN 978-1-84596-474-0. 
  2. ^ "Tranmere's Sharps joins Millers". BBC Sport. 2006-07-06. Retrieved 2007-05-15. 
  3. ^ "Six sign new deals at Rotherham". BBC Sport. 2008-05-14. Retrieved 2008-05-23. 
  4. ^ a b "AFC Telford United: Burton's Ian Sharps makes loan move". BBC Sport. 11 February 2015. Retrieved 11 February 2015. 
  5. ^ "AFC Telford United defender Ian Sharps agrees to stay". BBC Sport. 18 May 2015. Retrieved 18 May 2015. 
  6. ^ "Managers: Ian Sharps". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 12 March 2018. 
  7. ^ "Rooney is PFA player of the year". BBC Sport. 25 April 2010. Retrieved 23 May 2018. 
  8. ^ "Spurs' Gareth Bale wins PFA player of the year award". BBC Sport. 17 April 2011. Retrieved 23 May 2018. 
  9. ^ "Arsenal striker Robin van Persie named PFA Player of the Year". BBC Sport. 22 April 2012. Retrieved 23 May 2018. 

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