Paul Sheerin

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Paul Sheerin
Personal information
Full name Paul George Sheerin
Date of birth (1974-08-28) 28 August 1974 (age 43)
Place of birth Edinburgh, Scotland
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Aberdeen (coach)
Youth career
Whitehill Welfare
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1991–1992 Alloa Athletic 9 (0)
1992–1997 Southampton 0 (0)
1997 Östersunds FK 18 (3)
1997–1998 Alloa Athletic 3 (1)
1998–2001 Inverness Caledonian Thistle 115 (36)
2001–2002 Ayr United 53 (8)
2002–2004 Aberdeen 47 (9)
2004–2010 St Johnstone 187 (32)
2010–2014 Arbroath 129 (17)
Total 561 (106)
National team
1995 Scotland U21 1 (0)
Teams managed
2010–2014 Arbroath
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:59, 13 June 2014 (UTC).

Paul George Sheerin (born 28 August 1974) is a former Scottish football player and coach.

Sheerin played as a midfielder for Alloa Athletic, Southampton, Östersunds FK, Inverness Caledonian Thistle, Ayr United, Aberdeen, St Johnstone and Arbroath. While continuing as a player, he was appointed manager of Arbroath in May 2010. He held this post until June 2014, when he returned to Aberdeen as a youth team coach.

Playing career[edit]

Sheerin signed as a professional for Alloa from junior side Whitehill Welfare, although he had been on the books of Celtic as a schoolboy. Paul Sheerin signed for Southampton in October 1992 and while at The Dell he played under several managers including Ian Branfoot, Alan Ball and Graeme Souness. However, he failed to break through and left in December 1997 without having made a first team appearance.[1] During his time at Southampton he earned international recognition after playing for Scotland Under-21 in a 1–0 win over San Marino in November 1995.[citation needed]

After a summer playing in Sweden with Östersunds FK, he had a brief period back at his former club Alloa before joining Inverness Caledonian Thistle in January 1998. His stint at Caley Thistle lasted to the end of the 2000–01 season, in which period he made 136 appearances, scoring 45 goals. He then had spells at Ayr United and Aberdeen, where he finished as the top scorer in the 2002–03 season. After leaving Aberdeen, Sheerin joined St Johnstone on the eve of the 2004–05 season on a free transfer, signing a two-year contract. On 15 November 2006, Sheerin was awarded the Scottish Football League "Player of the Month" award for October. In May 2008, Sheerin had his contract extended with St Johnstone by another year. He coached St Johnstone U17s.[2]

Management career[edit]

On 27 May 2010, Sheerin was confirmed as the new player/manager of Arbroath FC.[3] Sheerin guided Arbroath to the Third Division championship in his first season in charge, the club's first national trophy win in their 133-year history.[4] He agreed a new contract with Arbroath at the end of the 2010–11 season.[5] Arbroath were relegated after finishing last in the 2013–14 Scottish League One. After the end of the season, Sheerin left Arbroath and became the manager of Aberdeen's under-20 team.[6]



St Johnstone



Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 3 May 2014

Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
Arbroath Scotland May 2010 June 2014 165 64 34 67 038.79


  1. ^ Holley, Duncan; Chalk, Gary (2003). In That Number – A post-war chronicle of Southampton FC. Hagiology Publishing. p. 614. ISBN 0-9534474-3-X. 
  2. ^ "Saints secure Swankie and Millar". BBC News. 1 May 2008. Retrieved 1 May 2008. 
  3. ^ "Paul Sheerin is new manager at Arbroath". BBC Sport. BBC. 27 May 2010. Retrieved 21 November 2013. 
  4. ^ Stewart, Craig P. (25 April 2011). "Third Division: Arbroath clinch title for first national trophy". The Scotsman. Retrieved 25 April 2011. 
  5. ^ "Player-manager Paul Sheerin agrees Arbroath extension". BBC Sport. BBC. 16 May 2011. Retrieved 13 June 2014. 
  6. ^ "Paul Sheerin joins Aberdeen as coach after leaving Arbroath". BBC Sport. BBC. 13 June 2014. Retrieved 13 June 2014. 

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