Phil Chapple began his footballing career with his hometown team
but never broke into the Norwich City first team. He moved to
Cambridge United for whom he made 187 league appearances scoring
19 goals. He was in a quartet of former Canaries alongside Jon
Sheffield , Andy Fensome and Dion Dublin that almost took Cambridge into the Premiership
in 1992, losing in the play-offs against Leicester. Since 1993,
Phil played in Division One with Charlton Athletic for whom he
had made 142 league appearances by the end of the 1997/98 season.
In the 1998 pre-season, Phil joined Third Division Peterborough
whom he captains but for whom he has made just 17 appearances
due to injury.
Retiring from playing, Phil performed a number of roles at Peterborough
including youth team coach, scout and head coach. However his
time at London Road came to an end on September 22nd 2003 when
the Posh parted company with him.
Phil has been coaching with the West Ham academy but in May 2005,
joined non-leaguers Newmarket Town as coach. In 2007, Phil returned
to Charlton Athletic as Chief Scout. In December 2008, Charlton's
new manager Phil Parkinson promoted Chapple and Mark Kinsella
to assist him with the first team I
In the summer of 2009, Phil returned to his role as Chief Scout. He stayed there until October 2015 when he moved to a similar role at Fulham.
He was appointed European scout at Brighton and Hove Albion in December 2016.
On 19th September 2019, Phil was appointed Head of First Team Recruitment at Stoke City. he will oversee the club's scouting system and work closely with the board of directors and manager and coaching staff to identify players for the Potters' first-team. Chapple had worked with manager Nathan Jones at Charlton.
Chapple left Stoke on 13th February 2020 after just five months. Jones had left Stoke soon after Chapple's appointment and new manager Michael O'Neil chose to bring in his own appointments.