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
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
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
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."