Paul Dalglish

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Paul Dalglish
PaulDalglish 2006 MLS Cup.jpg
Personal information
Full name Paul Kenneth Dalglish[1]
Date of birth (1977-02-18) 18 February 1977 (age 41)
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
1995–1996 Celtic
1996–1997 Liverpool
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–1999 Newcastle United 11 (1)
1997–1998Bury (loan) 12 (0)
1999Norwich City (loan) 5 (0)
1999–2002 Norwich City 38 (2)
2001Wigan Athletic (loan) 6 (0)
2001–2002Wigan Athletic (loan) 29 (2)
2002–2003 Blackpool 27 (1)
2003Scunthorpe United (loan) 8 (3)
2003 Linfield 10 (5)
2004–2006 Livingston 26 (3)
2006 Hibernian 13 (1)
2006–2007 Houston Dynamo 11 (2)
2008 Kilmarnock 6 (0)
Total 206 (22)
National team
1999–2000 Scotland U-21 5 (3)
Teams managed
2009 Houston Dynamo (assistant)
2010 FC Tampa Bay
2012–2013 Austin Aztex
2014 Real Salt Lake (assistant)
2015 Austin Aztex
2015–2017 Ottawa Fury
2018– Miami FC
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Paul Kenneth Dalglish (born 18 February 1977) is a former professional football player and the manager of Miami FC.

Playing career[edit]

Paul Dalglish with the 2006 MLS Cup trophy

Dalglish, son of former Scotland international Kenny Dalglish, was born in Glasgow though spent his childhood in Liverpool where his father managed Liverpool F.C. As a child, he was the team mascot for Liverpool in their famous 1989 league title decider against Arsenal at Anfield.[2] He started his career as a youth player with Celtic before joining Liverpool, but made no appearances for either of his father's former clubs.

Dalglish was then signed by his father for Newcastle United, he made 14 appearances, scoring two goals against Tranmere Rovers in the League Cup[3] and Sheffield Wednesday in the league.[4] After a successful loan spell, he permanently joined Norwich City in 1999 for £300,000, but failed to establish himself in three years at the club.

Dalglish went on to have spells with Blackpool (scoring two goals against Luton Town in the league[5] and Barnsley in the FA Cup)[6] and Linfield and loan periods with Scunthorpe and Wigan Athletic.

After this, Dalglish considered a media career, which resulted in finding himself a small part in the movie Goal and also an interview slot on Saturday-morning Sky Sports program Soccer AM, although this was short-lived due to the resurgence of his football career.

After retiring from football for 2 years, Dalglish was given a lifeline when newly appointed Livingston manager Paul Lambert signed him and, despite struggling near the bottom of the Scottish Premier League, Dalglish impressed, scoring in a narrow 2-1 defeat to Celtic.

Dalglish's performances attracted the attention of Hibernian manager Tony Mowbray, and despite having originally sought a contract extension with Livingston on the final day of the January 2006 transfer window, he joined the Edinburgh club for an undisclosed fee. His first goal for Hibs was a late winner against Kilmarnock in April,[7] and his second and final goal for the club was against Odense in the UEFA Intertoto Cup.[8] After being sidelined with injuries, Dalglish left Hibs in August 2006 to play for Major League Soccer side Houston Dynamo. On 5 November 2006, the Dynamo defeated the Colorado Rapids 3-1 in the Western Conference final to earn a spot in its first MLS Cup as the Houston Dynamo. Dalglish scored twice and was named Man of the Match. However, he struggled with injuries and was released by Dynamo in the 2007 post-season.

He had talks with a few clubs in February 2008 including Scottish club Kilmarnock, with whom he signed a contract until the end of the season. His spell was plagued with injuries again and he retired at the end of the season.

Coaching career[edit]

Dalglish began his coaching career in 2008 as a coach at the Houston Dynamo Academy, simultaneously acting as a director at Space City Futbol Club.

On 18 November 2009, Dalglish was named the head coach of FC Tampa Bay, an expansion team in the USSF Division 2 Professional League, the second level of the United States soccer league system.[9] The club got off to a 5-1-3 start but won only 2 of their last 21 matches to fall into last place in the USL conference. Despite their dip in form, FC Tampa Bay were still the most successful expansion team in the 2010 season. Dalglish left the club by mutual consent on 23 September 2010, and team technical director Perry Van der Beck served as interim manager for the last two games of the season.[10]

In 2012, Dalglish became the manager of the Austin Aztex, an expansion club in the USL Premier Development League (USL PDL), the fourth level of the US soccer system.[11] The club finished in the final 8 (of 73 teams) with a final record of 10-6-2 and advanced to the conference finals. The Aztex scored the most and conceded the fewest goals in their conference.

In 2013, Dalglish led the Aztex to the best regular season record in the USL PDL (15-1-2) and won the league championship. The club again scored the most goals in their division and conceded the fewest.[12] Dalglish was named the USL PDL coach of the year.[13] He also served as the technical director for youth powerhouse, Lonestar Soccer Club, which has developed top young MLS prospects such as Kekuta Manneh and Khiry Shelton amongst others.

In 2014, Dalglish joined the coaching staff of Major League Soccer club Real Salt Lake as assistant coach to Jeff Cassar.[14]

In August 2014, Dalglish returned to the Austin Aztex as head coach and technical director.[15] The Aztex had a difficult first year in the United Soccer League when their House Park Stadium was flooded, leaving the team to find a new location to finish the season. This proved to be too much for the Austin Aztex and the team folded at the end of the season.

In November 2015, Dalglish was hired as the head coach and general manager of the NASL club Ottawa Fury FC.[16]

On 14 August 2017, Dalglish left his role at Ottawa Fury, two days after a 3-1 victory over Charlotte Independence. According to the club's president John Pugh, Dalglish had recently informed him that he intended to leave the club for personal reasons at the end of the season. After "soul-searching by Pugh and the rest of Fury FC management", Dalglish and the club came to a mutual agreement to end his contract early.[17]

Dalglish has won 43% of his 150 games,[when?] with an overall coaching record of W65-D24-L61 during his time as a head coach.[citation needed]


Playing honours[edit]

Houston Dynamo



  1. ^ "Paul Dalglish". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 19 February 2017. 
  2. ^ "1989 league title decider Liverpool 0-2 Arsenal: unseen pictures of Alan Smith, Michael Thomas, Kenny Dalglish and co, plus original Daily Mirror match reports and features from our archive". Retrieved 19 June 2010. 
  3. ^ Allsop, Derick (27 October 1998). "Dalglish's goal quells revivalist Tranmere". London: The Independent. Retrieved 9 November 2009. 
  4. ^ Barnes, Scott (14 November 1998). "Shearer's worry". London: The Independent. Retrieved 9 November 2009. 
  5. ^ "Blackpool 5-2 Luton". BBC. 13 August 2002. Retrieved 7 April 2012. 
  6. ^ "Barnsley 1-4 Blackpool". BBC. 16 November 2002. Retrieved 7 April 2012. 
  7. ^ "Hibernian 2-1 Kilmarnock". BBC. 5 April 2006. Retrieved 7 April 2012. 
  8. ^ "Hibernian 2-1 Odense (agg: 2-2)". BBC. 22 July 2006. Retrieved 7 April 2012. 
  9. ^ "Tampa Bay Rowdies hire former MLS player Dalglish as coach". Archived from the original on 23 January 2010. Retrieved 19 June 2010. 
  10. ^ "Paul Dalglish leaves FC Tampa Bay Rowdies". 
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  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 10 October 2013. Retrieved 8 November 2013. 
  13. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 7 August 2013. Retrieved 8 September 2013. 
  14. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 13 January 2014. Retrieved 13 January 2014. 
  15. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 10 July 2015. Retrieved 10 July 2015. 
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  17. ^ Carlisle, Jeff. "Paul Dalglish leaves positions as coach and GM of Ottawa Fury". 15 August 2017. Retrieved 30 August 2017. 

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