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Paul Peschisolido

Paul Peschisolido
Norwich Career: 2001 (5 appearances)
Current Club:
Date of Birth: 25/05/1971 (Scarborough, Ontario, Canada)
Nationality: Canadian

Biography

Fulham's Canadian international striker Paul Peschisolido joined the Canaries on loan on Transfer Deadline Day 2001 (22/3/01).

After playing for Juventus' youth sides, Paul played in his native Canada with the Toronto Blizzard before moving to the UK with Birmingham City (43 games, 16 goals) in November 1992 for £25000. After a successful spell with Birmingham, he joined Stoke City in August 1994 for £400,000. A fee that they regained when they sold him back to Birmingham in March 1996. He had made 66 appearances for Stoke scoring 19 goals. Four months later, after he had played 9 games for the Blues, he joined West Bromwich Albion in July for £600,000 where he would make 45 appearances and score 18 goals.

He then moved to Fulham for £1.1million in October 1997. Although he was twice named Player of the Year, he was displaced by Jean Tigana's continental forward line of Saha and Boa Morte, Paul spent time on loan at QPR and Sheffield United durin 2000/01, returning to Craven Cottage just days before departing for Norfolk. Paul made his debut for Norwich in the 2-1 win over Grimsby on 31st March 2001. Although his skills were at times evident,it was obvious to all who watched the game that he hadn't built up a proper understanding with fellow forward Iwan Roberts. Paul was replaced by Zema Abbey in the final ten minutes of the game.

Despite making 5 appearances for Norwich, Norwich did not pursue signing Paul on a permanent basis and he returned to Fulham. Although valued at 1million, Sheffield United agreed a cut-price deal with Fulham signing Paul on 7th July 2001 on a four year contract for 150,000.

In January 2004, tabloid speculation suggested that Paul would be leaving Sheffield in the summer to join either Wigan or Ipswich. However a hat-trick against Gillingham on January 10th 2003 resulted in a one year extension to his contract which Pesch began to repay with a goal against West Ham on January 17th. He was linked with Coventry in mid-February 2004 but ended that speculation with United's winner in their Fifth Round FA Cup clash with Colchester United

With Sheffield United's cup run ending at Sunderland on 7th March, Paul was sold to Derby County on 12th March 2004, with Derby's Izale McLeod heading to Bramall Lane, initially on loan. Paul had been travelling three hours every day for training and at the age of 32, was willing to spend more time in the Midlands with his wife Karen Brady, the Chief Executive of Birmingham City. No longer a first choice for the Blades, Paul also sought first team football. Coventry made some tentative enquiries in February 2004 but Derby offered him a two year contract on supposedly triple the wages that United had agreed with him

Paul immediately showed began to repay Derby as he scored the winner on his debut against Rotherham and then against Watford and twice against Notts Forest. If his goals save County from relegation, the investment would prove worthwhile.

New Canada international manager Frank Yallop, once of Ipswich, recalled him to the Canadian squad in April 2004 so that he can add to his 42 caps. The first of which came against Hong Kong in June 1992, in which he scored the first of his 9 international goals. International appearances have been limited.as successive Canada managers have doubted his temperament for the international game. During a World Cup qualifier against El Salvador, Paul tipped the corner flag into the face of an opponent resulting in a red card and an extra game's suspension from FIFA! Politics kept Peschisolido, at loggerheads with former coach Holger Osieck, out of the national team set-up for many years but Yallop's appointment offers hope.

Media report during early January 2006 linked Paul with a £50,000 switch to Preston but his two goals in the FA Cup third round for Derby may have sealed a longer stay in the East Midlands.

Despite playing in Derby's 1-0 Championship play-off final victory over West Brom, Peschisolido was released by Derby on 1st June 2007 along with Seth Johnson, Morten Bisgaard, Paul Boertien and Lee Grant. Peschisolido had made 90 appearances for the Rams, scoring 20 goals.

Paul signed for Luton Town on 16th July 2007 becoming Luton's sixth summer signing after Dave Edwards, Alan Goodall, Darren Currie, Paul Furlong and Chris Perry. Unfortunately they couldn't help Luton avoid relegation to League Two in 2007/8. Following relegation, Paul was released by The Hatters. In early June 2008, Paul was linked with a move to non-leaguers Worcester City where his former Birmingham teammate Richard Dryden is manager.

On 15th January 2009, he was appointed as Jeff Kenna's assistant at League of Ireland Club St Patrick's Athletic. In May 2009, Paul was surprisingly appointed manager of League newboys Burton Albion.

Paul was sacked as Burton manager on 17th March 2012 following six successive league defeats. Burton chairman Ben Robinson felt the club were left with no option and had to act. He said: "We've gone 14 games without winning, losing the last six. In all honesty, looking at how the team played [against Torquay], I think it's clear the time has come for a change. If we continue on our current run of form the teams below us will catch us up and we will find ourselves in a relegation battle. That would've been especially disappointing considering our wage budget is considerably higher than last season when we avoided relegation in the second to last game of the season. I've asked Gary Rowett and Kevin Poole to take charge of the team for Tuesday evening's game against Northampton. No one more than me wanted to see Paul succeed in this job. He's a lovely guy who has worked really hard and has always been a dedicated professional."



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