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During his playing days Paul lined up as a full-back and spent almost the entirety of his 15-year career with Rotherham, bar a loan spell with Burton in his final season. He made more than 430 league appearances for The Millers and was part of the side that secured promotion twice. He also won the Football League Trophy in 1996 following a 2-1 victory over Shrewsbury in the final.
Paul retired in 2008 and took over at Ilkeston Town alongside former Rotherham teammate Rob Scott. The pair guided Ilkeston into the Conference North following a second-place finish in the Northern Premier League (NPL) in 2008-09.
Both Paul and Rob left the club in July 2009 to join Boston United, a move which saw them drop back into NPL management. Once again the duo secured promotion to the Conference North before departing for Grimsby in March 2011.
Following two years in joint management, Paul took sole charge of Grimsby in September 2013. The Mariners finished in the Play-Off places on four consecutive occasions, but didn’t clinch promotion until 2016 when they beat Forest Green Rovers 3-1 in the final.
In October 2016 it was announced that Paul would be taking over the vacant manager’s position at Shrewsbury. He was tasked with steering the club clear of relegation in his first season, with Salop sitting bottom of the League One table. Shrewsbury finished the 2016-17 campaign in 18th, two points clear of the relegation zone. A dramatic revival took place as Hurst’s men finished last term (17-18) in third place with an impressive 87 points. Shrewsbury won the third most games in the division and conceded the second fewest goals. Salop defeated Charlton in the Play-Off semi-finals 2-0 on aggregate before eventually falling to Rotherham 2-1 during extra-time in the final at Wembley.
As a player, Chris was a defender who had a career lasting almost 20 years, beginning in 1996. He played more than 300 games during his career and represented Scotland at schoolboy, U18 and U21 level. He started with Queen of the South and made just a handful of appearances before being signed by Nottingham Forest. Having made just shy of 100 appearances for Forest, he was released in 2005.
Chris joined Northampton Town, where he was a teammate of current Blues skipper Luke Chambers. He won promotion to League One with Northampton before being released in 2009.
Following spells abroad with Central Coast Mariners (Australia) and Pelita Jaya (Indonesia), he returned to England with Aldershot in 2011. He then joined York City, and won promotion to League Two after playing in the 2012 Conference Premier Play-Off final.
Chris then moved to Grimsby, and it was with The Mariners that he first began work with Paul Hurst. He took up the role of player/assistant manager before calling it a day on his playing career in the summer of 2015. In October 2016 Chris moved with Paul to Shrewsbury, where again he was named the assistant manager.