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Paul Hart

Managing: Barnsley
Nationality: English
Date of Birth: 04/05/1953


Paul Hart was appointed to the manager's role at Nottingham Forest on 12 July 2001 having spent four years as the director of Forest's youth academy.

Hart stepped up to manage the Forest first team after David Platt was taken on by the FA to manage England's under-21s, as the successor to Howard Wilkinson who stepped down from the post to concentrate on his role as the FA's Technical director.

Hart made his league debut as a 17 year-old defender at Stockport in 1970. He eventually made 87 appearances for the Cheshire side. After three seasons at Edgeley Park, he crossed into Lancashire and joined Blackpool, playing 143 times for the Seasiders.

After his time at Bloomfield Road, Hart joined Leeds United. He spent six seasons in West Yorkshire, making 191 appearances in the white shirt of the Elland Road side before finally being transferred to Nottingham Forest before the start of the 1983-84 season. Over this and the following two terms, Hart played 70 times for Forest.

Spells at Sheffield Wednesday, Birmingham City and Notts County followed before his retirement in 1986. He made a total of 567 league appearances in a 16-year playing career.

Hart's managerial experience came at Chesterfield having already begun to learn the trade as a player-coach at Notts County. After his time at Meadow Lane, he went on to Chesterfield and spent a further three seasons as the Spireites' manager. It was after his departure from Saltergate that he became a coach for youth squads at Nottingham Forest and Leeds United.

After his time at Chesterfield, Hart began coaching the youth side at Forest before returning to Leeds. At Elland Road, his success was notable as he was the man who oversaw the successful Leeds FA Youth Cup campaigns in 1993 and 1997. These two sides have provided players for Leeds that formed the backbone of the senior 2000-2001 European Cup semi-final squad.

Hart's return to Nottingham Forest in charge of the City Ground's youth set-up was seen as a blow to Leeds, who eventually drafted in Brian Kidd to continue his work at Elland Road. Hart's continued success in his role at the City Ground saw to it that he was a welcome appointment to the post of the Tricky Trees' first team manager as he looks to return the club to top flight football once again.

In the season of 2002/03 Hart illustrated his faith in youth moulding an extremely young team together, who did their manager proud. Forest's inexperience was overcome with talent and desire and the Midlands club finished in the top six.

Unfortunately for Hart, his young troops were overpowered by Sheffield United in the play-off semi-finals but the manager has ever reason to believe his side will come back stronger next season as they look for automatic promotion.

(info as at 01/10/03)

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