Jimmy Mullen

Jimmy Mullen has transported the leadership qualities he displayed as a player into management.

He became a double promotion winner as Burnley boss, having tasted similar success on three occasions in his career as a defender.

Jarrow lad Jimmy skippered Sheffield Wednesday and then Rotherham to promotion in successive seasons in the early 1980s.

Mullen sampled his new trade in two spells as caretaker at Cardiff, one of the four clubs for whom he played. After hanging up his boots at Newport, he became assistant to Ian Porterfield -his old Rotherham manager - with Aberdeen.

Next step Blackpool where, having been appointed to replace Sam Ellis, Mullen successfully fought off a relegation scare by winning four of the last five games. Yet his tenure proved brief, leading to a further number two role under Frank Casper at Burnley.

After Casper quit, Mullen stepped up to lead Burnley out of the basement division as champions in 1992 and win a further promotion - via the play-offs - two years later.

Relegation in 1995 culminated in Jimmy's departure from Turf Moor - whereupon he had a spell in charge of Irish outfit Sligo Rovers and coached the Wales Under 19s alongside Neville Southall.

Mullen managed several non-league clubs before enjoying a short period in charge of Walsall.

Mullen was then appointed the assistant manager of Rotherham United under Ronnie Moore on September 24, 2009.

He enjoyed success in the role, as he helped guide The Millers to Wembley in the play-off final in 2010. Rotherham parted company with Moore and Mullen in March 2011, despite the club being in firm contention for promotion, having not been out of the top six in League Two for the 2010/11 campaign.

Most of his playing appearances came for two clubs, Sheffield Wednesday and Cardiff where he won the third of his on-field promotions.

Honours (2)
  • promotions
    • Burnley:
      • Promotion to Endsleigh Football League Division One, (1994-05-07)
      • Promotion to Barclays Football League Division Three, (1992-05-02)
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