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Paul Dalglish
Professional association footballer

Paul Dalglish

Paul Dalglish
The basics

Quick Facts

Intro Professional association footballer
Is Association football player Association football manager Athlete Football player Sports official
From United Kingdom
Field Sports
Gender male
Birth 18 February 1977, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Age 45 years
Star sign Aquarius
Father: Kenny Dalglish
Siblings: Kelly Cates
Rossall School
Sports Teams
Newcastle United F.C.
Bury Town F.C.
Norwich City F.C.
Wigan Athletic F.C.
Blackpool F.C.
Scunthorpe United F.C.
Linfield F.C.
Livingston F.C.
Hibernian F.C.
Houston Dynamo
Kilmarnock F.C.
The details (from wikipedia)


Paul Kenneth Dalglish (born 18 February 1977) is a former professional footballer who is currently the general manager of USL Championship side Miami FC. He formerly served as the club's head coach.

Playing career

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 As a child, he was the team mascot for Liverpool in their famous 1989 league title decider against Arsenal at Anfield. 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 and Sheffield Wednesday in the league. 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 and Barnsley in the FA Cup) 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, and his second and final goal for the club was against Odense in the UEFA Intertoto Cup. 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

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. 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.

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. 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. Dalglish was named the USL PDL coach of the year. 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.

In August 2014, Dalglish returned to the Austin Aztex as head coach and technical director. 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.

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.

Dalglish was appointed as the 2nd Head Coach in Miami FC history, taking over from Alessandro Nesta on 25 January 2018. Dalglish led the team to 1st place in the Sunshine Conference Division, scoring the most goals and conceding the fewest, which led to him being named the Sunshine Conference Coach of the Year. Dalglish then followed that up by winning the South Region Conference and then the NPSL National Championship, beating FC Motown 3–1 in the final.

In 2019, it was another clean sweep for Miami FC. Dalglish led the team to 1st place in the Sunshine Conference Division, scoring the most goals and conceding the fewest, the South Region Conference and then the NPSL National Championship, beating the New York Cosmos 3–1 in the final.

Dalglish has won 51% of his 187 games, with an overall coaching record of W95-D27-L65 during his time as a head coach.

He was appointed Miami's general manager on 13 November 2019.


Playing honours

Houston Dynamo
  • MLS Cup (2): 2006, 2007

Managerial honours

Austin Aztex
  • USL PDL Championship (1): 2013
  • USL PDL Southern Conference (1): 2013
  • USL PDL Mid-South Division (1): 2013
Miami FC
  • NPSL Championship (2): 2018, 2019
  • NPSL South Region Championship (2): 2018, 2019
  • NPSL Sunshine Conference (2): 2018, 2019
  • NISA East Coast Championship (1): 2019


  • USL PDL Coach of the Year: 2013
The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 27 Apr 2020. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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