Paul Bracewell

Most people probably remember Paul from his days as a midfielder in the Championship winning Everton sides of the mid-eighties. He won two First Division titles in 1985 and 1987, as well as the 1985 European Cup Winners Cup when Everton beat Rapid Vienna 3-1. He also played in three FA Cup finals for Everton in 1985, 1986 and 1989.

His playing career started with Stoke where he emerged as a product of the youth system, signing as a professional in 1980.

He moved to Sunderland in 1983 before joining Kendall at Goodison a year later. After five successful years on Merseyside he rejoined Sunderland and appeared in The FA Cup Final of 92.

Kevin Keegan brought Paul in to the Newcastle side in1992 as The Magpies became a major force in English football once again but he left St. James' Park to return to Wearside for the third time as he linked up with former team-mate Peter Reid to help Sunderland reach the Premier League for the first time.

Keegan came in for Bracewell once more as he moved to Fulham to help the promotion push at Craven Cottage and he took over managerial responsibilities when the call came from the FA for Keegan to become the England manager.

Having retired from playing to focus fully on management, he became manager of Fulham on May 14, 1999 where he would remain in the role until March 29, 2000.

He jumped at the opportunity to return to management with Halifax, facing a completely different challenge.  Bracewell and Halifax then parted company in August 2001 after a season in charge.

Bracewell is currently the assistant manager at Sunderland.

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