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Paul Sheerin

U20s coach

Paul started his professional career in 1991 when he signed for Alloa Athletic from junior side Whitehill Welfare, although he had been on the books of Celtic as a schoolboy. The left footed midfielder then signed for Southampton in October 1992 and while at The Dell he played under several managers including Graeme Souness. During his time at Southampton he earned international recognition after playing for Scotland Under-21 in a 1-0 win over San Marino in November 1995. He left the English side in 1997 and after a summer playing in Sweden with Östersunds FK, he had a brief period back at his former club Alloa before joining Inverness Caledonian Thistle in January 1998.

His stint at Caley Thistle lasted to the end of the 2000-01 season, in which period he made 136 appearances, scoring very impressive 45 goals. He then had spells at Ayr United and Aberdeen, where he finished as the top scorer in the 2002-03 season. Although The Dons struggled for much of the season, Paul was a stand-out player and became a favourite with the Red Army. After leaving The Dons, Sheerin joined St. Johnstone on the eve of the 2004-05 season on a free transfer, signing a two-year contract. In 2007-08 he helped them win the First Division title under the management of Derek McInnes and Tony Docherty. Paul stayed with the Perth side until 2010 and he also helped coach the Saints U17 side.

On 27 May 2010, Sheerin was confirmed as the new player/manager of Arbroath FC and guided them to the Third Division championship in his first season in charge, the club’s first national trophy win in their 133-year history. In the summer of 2014 he left Arbroath and returned to Pittodrie, taking charge of the Aberdeen U20s.

By the time Paul’s first season was over his young Dons had been crowed Development League champions. A 3-1 win over Dunfermline at Pittodrie brought the title back to Aberdeen.

In recent years Paul and his staff have helped develop and bring through some of the brightest young stars including Scott Wright and Scott McKenna, both of whom have been capped at Scotland U21 level.

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