Paul Cox (footballer)

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Paul Cox
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Cox in 2013
Personal information
Full name Paul Richard Cox
Date of birth (1972-01-06) 6 January 1972 (age 43)
Place of birth Nottingham, England
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Barrow (manager)
Youth career
1989–1991 Notts County
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1991–1995 Notts County 43 (1)
1994 Hull City (loan) 5 (1)
1995–1996 Kettering Town 8 (0)
1996–1997 Halifax Town 23 (0)
1997–2001 Kettering Town 92 (0)
2001–2002 Hucknall Town
Teams managed
2005–2011 Eastwood Town
2011–2014 Mansfield Town
2015 Torquay United
2015- Barrow

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)

Paul Cox (born 6 January 1972) is an English football manager, currently manager of Barrow.

In an eleven year career as a player, Cox played in the Football League with his hometown club Notts County before playing in non-league football with several clubs, most notably Kettering Town.

Cox moved into coaching at Eastwood Town in 2003, becoming the manager in 2005. He won the Northern Premier League in 2008-09, and left the club for Mansfield Town in 2011, with whom he won the Conference Premier in 2012-13, before leaving in November 2014.

Playing career[edit]

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.[1] 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[edit]

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.[2]

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 Premier.[2] On 5 May 2011, Cox resigned as manager of Eastwood Town.[2] On 19 May 2011, Cox was officially was unveiled as the new manager of Mansfield Town in the Conference 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.[3]

After Mansfield beat Barrow 8–1 in February 2013, thus improving on their 7–0 win in the reverse fixture, the club's chairman gave Cox his Aston Martin car as a reward.[4]

On 17 June 2015 Cox was confirmed as the new manager of National League team Torquay United. [5] He resigned after only 3 months in charge, later revealing that the club had been unable to pay him. [6]

On 23 November 2015, Cox was unveiled as the new manager of National League side Barrow.[7]

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 28 November 2015
Team Nat Year Record
G W D L Win %
Eastwood Town* England 2005–11 253 126 60 67 49.80
Mansfield Town England 2011–14 175 78 46 51 44.57
Torquay United England 2015 10 2 4 4 20.00
Barrow England 2015– 1 1 0 0 100.000
Total 439 207 110 122 47.15
  • Eastwood Town stats league only.


Eastwood Town
Mansfield Town


  1. ^ Rollin, Jack (1992). Rothmans Football Yearbook 1992–93. Headline Books. ISBN 0-7472-7905-5. 
  2. ^ a b c Cox quits as Eastwood boss, Nottingham Evening post (5 May 2011). Retrieved on 18 May 2011.
  3. ^,,10325~2362925,00.html
  4. ^ "Mansfield Town chairman gives Aston Martin to manager". BBC News Nottingham. 10 February 2013. Retrieved 20 May 2014. 
  5. ^ "Paul Cox: Former Mansfield boss named Torquay United manager". BBC Sport. 17 June 2015. Retrieved 17 June 2015. 
  6. ^ "Paul Cox says he left Torquay United over lack of wages". BBC Sport. Retrieved 23 November 2015. 
  7. ^ "Barrow appoint Paul Cox as manager after Darren Edmondson exit". BBC Sport. 23 November 2015. Retrieved 23 November 2015. 

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