Paul Allison appointed as Western Suburbs Premier Division Coach

Western Suburbs Magpies are very excited to announce the appointment of former Sydney Swans rookie listed player Paul Allison as Premier Division coach for the 2018 season.

Paul comes to the Club after starting his career with North Hobart Football Club in the Tasmanian State League. A star player with the Tassie Mariners at TAC Cup level, Paul’s passion for football was ignited under the guidance of current Brisbane Lions coach Chris Fagan. A friend and fellow member of that team was current Carlton coach Brendon Bolton.

Following his departure from the Swans, Paul joined South Australian Club Woodville-West Torrens where he was leading goal-kicker in 2002.

In 2004 Paul was recruited by powerhouse SANFL Club Glenelg where he again was leading goal scorer and gained invaluable knowledge under the tutelage of coach David Noble who is currently General Manager of Football at the Lions AFL Club.

An extended overseas trip in 2006 saw Paul playing with a team of Aussie ex patriots in London. On his return he again played State League Football in Tasmania with North Hobart where Club President and Tasmanian Football Hall of Fame Member Darryn Perry described Paul as an excellent coaching prospect.

In 2016 Paul was appointed to the role of assistant coach and development coach at Glenorchy Football Club. Glenorchy went on to win the State League Premiership and were Runners Up in Development League. Senior coach Aaron Cornelius describes Paul as a great asset to any club. He works extremely hard and is very passionate about his role at the club.

The 2017 season saw Paul and his family return to the mainland and the role of assistant Premier Division coach was taken up by Paul at Manly Football Club in the Sydney AFL.

The time is right for Paul to take on the senior coaching position at a club which shares his passion for the game and is determined to build a successful future.

Western Suburbs welcome Paul and family to our Club.