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12 Jul 2010 STOCKPORT APPOINT SIMPSON
Paul Simpson has been confirmed as the new manager of Stockport County.
A statement on the club website read;
"Stockport County have appointed Paul Simpson as the new first team manager.
"Announced at today's press conference at Edgeley Park, Paul will this afternoon take his first training session with his new squad."
Simpson was previously in charge of Shrewsbury Town. At Shrewsbury, Simpson enjoyed success, guiding the club to the play-off final in his first full season in charge, and seeing the club win games 7-0 on two occasions, at home to Gillingham and away at Wycombe Wanderers. He left Shrewsbury with the club just five points off the play-off places.
Simpson began his managerial career as a player-manager with Rochdale in 2002. He continued this role for a short period at Carlisle United before retiring as a player. His time in charge was a success as the club achieved promotion back to The Football League in 2005. This was followed up with a successive promotion the following season as Carlisle were promoted as League Two champions.
This success resulted in Simpson being named as the League Two Manager of the Year and in the LMA stats, he was the best manager in the country on points per game.
After three seasons at Carlisle, Simpson then became manager at Preston North End on June 19, 2006.
Simpson continued to impress at Preston, leading the side to the top of the Championship by December, which was their highest league placing for 55 years.
After leaving Preston in November 2007, he was appointed manager of League Two club Shrewsbury Town in March 2008, replacing Gary Peters.
His first full season in charge saw Simpson guide the club to the play-off final where they would miss out on promotion to Gillingham at Wembley. Simpson and Shrewsbury then parted company in April 2010.