Former Exeter City boss Paul Tisdale returns to management with struggling Stevenage after leaving advisory role at Colchester United in May

Paul Tisdale has been confirmed as the new manager of League Two Stevenage six months on from departing his short-term role as first team advisor at Colchester United.

The 48-year-old was out of the professional game for a few months after he was sacked by Bristol Rovers in February 2021, following three months in charge, having won just five games during his brief tenure at the Mem.

On April 1, 2021 it was announced by Colchester that Tisdale was to join the club until the end of the season as an advisor to inexperienced head coach Hayden Mullins in order to help the club try and remain in the Football League.

Following Tisdale’s appointment, Colchester lost just two of their remaining eight games, one of which was against eventual League Two champions Cheltenham Town, on their way to finishing 20th, six points clear of the relegation places.

The former MK Dons boss has taken charge of 717 professional games on the way to achieving three promotions in an illustrious managerial career which included him taking Exeter City from the Conference to League One in back-to-back seasons.

But Tisdale has a challenging job on his hands with the Boro just three points clear of the relegation zone, despite taking seven points from their opening four games in League Two.

However, Stevenage chairman Phil Wallace was keen to stress the plethora of experience that Tisdale is set to bring to the Lamex stadium, highlighting his promotion successes.

β€œWe needed to bring EFL experience and a fresh start into our club, so Paul fits that perfectly,” said Wallace.

“He had an impressive twelve years at Exeter and was recognized as one of the brightest managers in the game, so his move to MK Dons and a promotion in his first season was not a surprise.”

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