Paul Sturrock

Paul Whitehead Sturrock (born 10 October 1956) is a Scottish football player and coach.

Paul Sturrock
Personal information
Full name Paul Whitehead Sturrock[1]
Date of birth (1956-10-10) 10 October 1956 (age 64)
Place of birth Ellon, Scotland
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Position(s) Striker
Youth career
Grandtully Vale
1972–1973 Vale of Atholl
1973–1974 Bankfoot Athletic
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1974–1989 Dundee United 385 (109)
National team
1977–1982 Scotland under-21 9 (0)
1981–1987 Scotland 20 (3)
Teams managed
1993–1998 St Johnstone
1998–2000 Dundee United
2000–2004 Plymouth Argyle
2004 Southampton
2004–2006 Sheffield Wednesday
2006–2007 Swindon Town
2007–2009 Plymouth Argyle
2010–2013 Southend United
2015 Yeovil Town
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

As a player, Sturrock spent his entire senior career with Dundee United, making more than five hundred appearances between 1974 and 1989. He won the Scottish Football League title with United in 1982–83 and the Scottish League Cup twice, in 1979 and 1980. He was named the SFWA Footballer of the Year in 1982. At international level, Sturrock played twenty times for Scotland and appeared at the 1982 and 1986 World Cups.

Sturrock's managerial career began with St Johnstone in 1993, where he went on to win the Scottish First Division title in 1996–97 before returning to Dundee United as manager. Since 2000, Sturrock has worked as a manager in English football, initially with Plymouth Argyle where he helped the club to win two promotions before moving on to a brief spell with Southampton. He has subsequently also managed Sheffield Wednesday, Swindon Town and Southend United as well as returning to Plymouth for a second spell. He became Yeovil Town manager in April 2015, but left the club eight months later. According to an analysis by the Financial Times he was among the country's best ever managers, even though he has mostly managed clubs at Championship level and below.[2]

He is known by fans as Luggy[3] (from the Scots language word lugs, Eng: ears). Sturrock announced in July 2008 that he was suffering from a mild form of Parkinson's disease.[4] His son, Blair, was also a professional footballer.