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Paul Hart
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Personal information
Full name Paul Anthony Hart
Date of birth 4 May 1953 (1953-05-04) (age 56)
Place of birth Golborne, Lancashire, England
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current club Crystal Palace
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1970–1973 Stockport County 87 (5)
1973–1978 Blackpool 143 (15)
1978–1983 Leeds United 191 (16)
1983–1985 Nottingham Forest 70 (1)
1985–1986 Sheffield Wednesday 52 (2)
1986–1987 Birmingham City 1 (0)
1987–1988 Notts County 23 (0)
Total 567 (39)
Teams managed
1988–1991 Chesterfield
2001–2004 Nottingham Forest
2004–2005 Barnsley
2006 Rushden & Diamonds
2009 Portsmouth
2009–2010 Queens Park Rangers
2010– Crystal Palace
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Paul Hart (born 4 May 1953) is an English football manager and former football defender. The son of Johnny Hart, a football inside forward and manager, Hart had five-year spells with both Blackpool and Leeds United, while also playing for Nottingham Forest and Sheffield Wednesday amongst others. He began his management career with Chesterfield, before managing Nottingham Forest, Barnsley, and Rushden & Diamonds. He was manager of Premier League side Portsmouth from February to November 2009, and managed Queens Park Rangers for five games until leaving the club in January 2010, joining Crystal Palace two months later.


Playing career

He made his Blackpool debut on 22 October 1973, two months after signing for the Seasiders, and only made two more appearances that season. Eventually, though, he established himself as a regular first-teamer and, in 1976–77, when he scored six goals as Blackpool challenged for promotion, he was ever-present.

In March 1978, after making 143 league appearances, scoring fifteen goals in the process, Hart left relegation-bound Blackpool for Leeds United for £300,000, as a replacement for Gordon McQueen. Hart spent five years at Elland Road, playing 191 games.

In 1983 Hart signed for Nottingham Forest to replace Willie Young, where he played 87 games and scored three goals. Hart actually scored in the controversial 1983–84 UEFA Cup semi-final against Anderlecht, but the goal was wrongly ruled out for no apparent reason and Anderlecht subsequently admitted having bribed the official.[1] A year later Hart was sold to Sheffield Wednesday in May 1985.

Hart had further spells at Birmingham City (breaking his leg in his only game for them) and Notts County (as player-coach) before retiring from playing in 1988, having made 567 league appearances.

Managerial career



After the spell at Notts County, Hart was appointed manager of Chesterfield in 1988. Hart spent three years at the Saltergate helm, reaching the playoffs before a fall-out with the chairman and Hart's sacking in 1991, when they were in the Fourth Division.

Leeds United

Hart then moved into youth coaching firstly at Forest then subsequently took charge of Leeds United's fledgling academy. Hart's proteges won the FA Youth Cup in 1993 and 1997 and formed the backbone of the Leeds side that reached the Champions League semi-finals in 2000–01.

Nottingham Forest

Hart then returned to take charge of Nottingham Forest's academy after a high-profile fall-out with Leeds' manager George Graham over the promise of Jonathan Woodgate. Forest's Under-19 side became immensely successful winning the Under-19 title in 1999–2000. As the first team were faltering, and the club spiralling further into debt, players such as David Prutton, now at Leeds (who was initially blooded in an injury crisis), Jermaine Jenas (now at Spurs and a full England international), Keith Foy (now at Sligo Rovers), Chris Doig, now at Northampton, David Freeman, Kevin Dawson, Gareth Williams (a full Scotland international), Richard Cooper and Gareth Edds (all teenagers) were blooded, with a further line of players including Barry Roche (who saved a penalty on his debut as a last minute sub v Crystal Palace), Andy Reid (who scored on debut as an 18-year-old v Sheffield United and is now a full Republic of Ireland international), Brian Cash, Eugen Bopp, John Thompson (another full Ireland international) and most notably the highly-sought-after and highly-rated central defender Michael Dawson following subsequently.

In the summer of 2001 Hart was appointed manager of Forest, succeeding David Platt, who had left to take charge of the England Under-21 side.[2] Platt's expensive tenure had left the club in crippling debt, and Hart had to cope with loss of several experienced and key players, notably Andy Johnson, Alan Rogers and Stern John (and at one point put the whole squad up for sale). Hart's pioneering "diamond formation" was heavily behind this early success.[citation needed] With the financial problems alleviated somewhat, and having the benefit of a settled side, Forest reached the 1st Division play-off semi finals in season 2002–03, losing in extra-time to Sheffield United. Unfortunately, wage demands and poor decisions meant several key players were lost in the summer of 2003, and not replaced. Forest started the subsequent season well, but a run of two wins in Hart's last 22 games, including two months without even a goal (and 14 games without a win) at the end of his tenure. Hart was sacked on 7 February 2004, following a 1–0 defeat at home to Coventry City.[3]


Less than a month after being forced out of the City Ground, Hart accepted the offer of the manager's job at Division Two side Barnsley,[4] but was sacked a year later having failing to mount a serious promotion challenge.[5] Promotion was achieved the following year under Hart's successor Andy Ritchie.

Rushden & Diamonds

After the disappointment of his spell at Barnsley, Hart decided to take some time out of football, opening a dog kennels in Newton Le-Willows. In February 2006, after receiving a nasty bite on his forearm by a German Shepherd, he decided to sell up and return to football management. In May 2006, Hart took over as manager of Rushden & Diamonds, following the departure of Barry Hunter.[6] After an average start to the season, Diamonds embarked on an eight match winless run, leading to Hart leaving the club in October by mutual consent.[7]


On 19 March 2007, Hart was appointed Director of Youth Operations at Portsmouth. He took over as caretaker manager following the sacking of Tony Adams on 9 February 2009.[8] Shortly afterwards, Brian Kidd was named as Hart's assistant manager.[9] He won his first game in charge 2–0 at home to Manchester City on 14 February 2009.[10]

Hart continued as caretaker manager until the end of the 2008–09 season, which Portsmouth executive chairman Peter Storrie announced after a close 1–0 defeat to Chelsea. "(Alexandre Gaydamak) and I have been delighted with how the team have fared. They both have so much experience in the game and they have the respect of the players. We will review the managerial situation again at the end of the season," Storrie said.[11] He was appointed as permanent manager on a two-year contract on 21 July 2009.[12] In the 2009–10 season, Hart guided Portsmouth to the worst start by a Premier League team after losing their first seven league games. This was finally ended on 3 October when Portsmouth recorded a 1–0 win against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux. On 24 November, with only two Premier League wins in 13 games and three points adrift at the bottom of the table, Hart was sacked. He declined the offer of an alternative role as technical director responsible for players aged 18–21, and left the club.[13]

Queens Park Rangers

On 17 December 2009 Hart was appointed manager of Queens Park Rangers following the exit of Jim Magilton the previous day. Mick Harford, previously manager of Luton Town, was announced as his assistant.[14] Less than a month later, on 15 January 2010, only five games into his QPR career, Hart left the club.[15]

Crystal Palace

On 2 March 2010 Hart was appointed manager of Crystal Palace with Dougie Freedman as Assistant Manager and John Pemberton as First Team Coach, after Neil Warnock left the club to take over at Queens Park Rangers taking Mick Jones and Keith Curle along with him.[16]



As of 13 March 2010.[17]
Team Nation From To Matches Won Drawn Lost Win %
Chesterfield  England 2 November 1988 1 January 1991 &0000000000000111.000000111 &0000000000000038.00000038 &0000000000000030.00000030 &0000000000000043.00000043 &0000000000000034.23000034.23
Nottingham Forest  England 12 July 2001 7 February 2004 &0000000000000134.000000134 &0000000000000042.00000042 &0000000000000044.00000044 &0000000000000048.00000048 &0000000000000031.34000031.34
Barnsley  England 4 March 2004 4 March 2005 &0000000000000051.00000051 &0000000000000014.00000014 &0000000000000019.00000019 &0000000000000018.00000018 &0000000000000027.45000027.45
Rushden & Diamonds[18]  England 23 May 2006 16 October 2006 &0000000000000016.00000016 &0000000000000004.0000004 &0000000000000004.0000004 &0000000000000008.0000008 &0000000000000025.00000025.00
Portsmouth  England 9 February 2009 24 November 2009 &0000000000000030.00000030 &0000000000000009.0000009 &0000000000000006.0000006 &0000000000000015.00000015 &0000000000000030.00000030.00
Queens Park Rangers  England 17 December 2009 15 January 2010 &0000000000000005.0000005 &0000000000000001.0000001 &0000000000000002.0000002 &0000000000000002.0000002 &0000000000000020.00000020.00
Crystal Palace  England 2 March 2010 Present &0000000000000003.0000003 &0000000000000001.0000001 &0000000000000001.0000001 &0000000000000001.0000001 &0000000000000033.33000033.33
Total &0000000000000350.000000350 &0000000000000109.000000109 &0000000000000106.000000106 &0000000000000135.000000135 &0000000000000031.14000031.14


  • Calley, Roy (1992). Blackpool: A Complete Record 1887-1992. Breedon Books Sport. ISBN 1-873626-07-X. 
  1. ^ "Forest sues Anderlecht over '84 bribery scandal". BBC Sport. 24 December 1997. Retrieved 9 February 2009. 
  2. ^ "Hart named new Forest boss". BBC Sport. 12 July 2001. Retrieved 5 January 2008. 
  3. ^ "Forest sack Hart". BBC Sport. 7 February 2004. Retrieved 5 January 2008. 
  4. ^ "Barnsley bring in Hart". BBC Sport. 4 March 2004. Retrieved 5 January 2008. 
  5. ^ "Barnsley part company with Hart". BBC Sport. 4 March 2005. Retrieved 5 January 2008. 
  6. ^ "Hart takes over as Rushden boss". BBC Sport. 23 May 2006. Retrieved 5 January 2008. 
  7. ^ "Diamonds part company with Hart". BBC Sport. 16 October 2006. Retrieved 5 January 2008. 
  8. ^ "Portsmouth confirm Adams sacking". BBC Sport. 9 February 2009. Retrieved 9 February 2009. 
  9. ^ "Kidd Joins Blues". Portsmouth F.C. 11 February 2009. Retrieved 11 February 2009. 
  10. ^ "Portsmouth 2-0 Man City". BBC Sport. 14 February 2009. Retrieved 14 March 2009. 
  11. ^ "Hart to stay at Pompey for season". BBC Sport. 3 March 2009. Retrieved 4 March 2009. 
  12. ^ "Portsmouth takeover gets go-ahead". BBC Sport. 21 July 2009. Retrieved 21 July 2009. 
  13. ^ "Struggling Portsmouth part company with boss Paul Hart". BBC Sport. 24 November 2009. Retrieved 24 November 2009. 
  14. ^ "Paul Hart becomes the new QPR manager". BBC Sport. 17 December 2009. Retrieved 15 January 2010. 
  15. ^ "Manager Paul Hart leaves QPR after five games". BBC Sport. 15 January 2010. Retrieved 15 January 2010. 
  16. ^ "Paul Hart takes over as Crystal Palace boss". BBC Sport. 2 March 2010. Retrieved 2 March 2010. 
  17. ^ "Paul Hart's managerial career". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 29 December 2009. 
  18. ^ "Official Club History". Rushden & Diamonds F.C. Retrieved 29 December 2009. 

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