Former footballer Paul Wilkinson joined Norwich City as Under-21
Academy coach in the autumn of 2014.
He started his career with Grimsby Town before moving to Everton
in March 1985. During the 198687 season he made 32 appearances
and scored 12 goals for Everton, as they won the Football League
First Division championship. He made a total of 42 league appearances
for the Toffees. After a short spell at Nottingham Forest (43
appearances) he went on to play over 150 league games for both
Watford (155) and Middlesbrough (202).
He played more than 200 times for Middlesbrough between 1991
and 1996, his most successful season being his first, in which
he scored 24 goals - the last coming in the final minutes of the
last league game of the season at Wolverhampton Wanderers, in
which he scored a last minute winner to secure Middlesbrough's
automatic promotion to the new FA Premier League. He was also
the scorer of the club's first Premier League goal, scoring a
63rd minute consolation goal in a 2-1 defeat at Coventry City
on the opening day of the season.
He had loan spells at Oldham in 1995 (5 appearances), Watford
in 1995 (4 appearancs) and Luton (3 appearances) before leaving
In 1997 he helped Barnsley reach the Premier League, scoring
one of the goals in the game against Bradford City at Oakwell
that sealed their automatic promotion. He moved to Millwall in
1997, making 35 appearances for the Lions and finished his career
at Northampton (19 appearances).
After retiring from playing he moved into coaching by taking
over as the reserve team manager at Leeds United before moving
on to the same role at Grimsby Town and then Cardiff City in October
2003, being brought in by manager Lennie Lawrence. He was then
Assistant Manager at Sheffield Wednesday. He took his current
position as a coach at the Norwich City Academy in October 2014.
A restructuring in the Academy in July 2015 saw Wilkinson depart
He then coached Barnsley's Under-21s before joining Northampton on June 13th 2016 as assistant to Rob Page. He was later caretaker manager at Northampton after Page's sacking in January 2017.
In April 2017, he was appointed as Assistant Managr at Grimsby, working with new manager Russell Slade.
He was capped four times by England Under-21s, scoring once.