Paul Brush

Paul Brush is currently an Academy Development coach at Tottenham Hotspur.

Brush was previously the assistant manager of Lincoln City.

Prior to Lincoln, he helped guide Southend United to two successive promotions from League Two to the Championship. He spent almost 6 years with the Essex club, assisting manager Steve Tilson.

With Steve Tilson, Brush help put together an unbeaten eighteen game run which took Southend to promotion via the play-offs in 2004/05. They finished in fourth place in in the league and clinched a tense play-off final victory over Lincoln City at the Millennium Stadium.

In 2005-2006, their impressive run continued. Southend embarked on the season with a record breaking eight game run of wins which has seen them head the league more than once.

On 29 April 2006 the Shrimpers were promoted to the Football League Championship, the second highest tier of English football. Southend were then crowned League One champions on 6 May 2006.

For Southend United the championship title, the club's first in 25 years, was just part of an amazing three year journey from the depths at the bottom of the Football League to just one level below the Premier League, a journey that not only saw two successive promotions but also three visits to the Millenium Stadium, Cardiff.

One of Southend's most memorable victories was in the fourth round of the League Cup against trophy holders Manchester United on 7 November 2006 where they beat United 1-0 at Roots Hall. United fielded a side with 10 internationals including Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney.

With this meeting being the only ever between the two sides, it left Southend as the only team in English football to have a 100% record against the Red Devils.

Southend United also recorded impressive victories in the 2006-07 season beating Stoke City, Sunderland, Southampton, WBA, Cardiff, QPR and Birmingham City despite relegation.

Southend were able to finish sixth in League One at the end of 2007-08 thus qualifying for a play-off place, where the side missed out to Doncaster Rovers.

In the 2008/09 season, Tilson led Southend to another solid position of eight place in Coca-Cola League One.

Born in Plaistow, Essex, on 22 February 1958. He was taken on by West Ham United at the age of 18.

In 1977, a 3-1 defeat to Norwich City marked the beginning of a seven-year-long career with the Hammers. The full-back held down a place in the side for the entire 1978-79 season before Ray Stewart took his place in the side. Paul made the substitutes' bench for the 1980 FA Cup final but he was not used on the day of the Hammers' 1-0 win over Arsenal.

He remained at Upton Park through the first half of the 1980s, playing a total of 185 games for the East London team. Spells at Crystal Palace and Southend United followed his time in claret and blue. He made a total of 263 appearances as a player for these three clubs.

Paul was appointed caretaker manager of Leyton Orient on 15 October 2001 following the resignation of Tommy Taylor. It was his first appointment as team manager in football management after being Director of Football and head coach with The O's for two years.

In November, Orient owner Barry Hearn was thought to have appointed Brush as manager until the end of the season but he had actually given him a two-and-a-half year deal at Brisbane Road, after just three games in temporary charge.

It was after his spell with Orient, when he joined he joined Steve Tilson at Southend.

He is also a graduate of the LMA's Certificate of Applied Management at Warwick University.

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