For Immediate Release
November 4, 2013. The Metropolitan Oval, a leading development academy based at New York's most historic soccer facility, is pleased to announce the appointment of Paul Buckle as Technical Director. Paul will oversee all soccer-related activities of the club, and will also coach the Met Oval’s U-14 Development Academy team.
Paul brings a wealth of coaching experience and credentials to Met Oval. He previously managed the professional English clubs Luton Town, Bristol Rovers, and Torquay United. While managing Luton Town this year, Paul made history by leading the side into the Round of 16 of the FA Cup with an unprecedented away victory over English Premier League side Norwich City as well as former top-flight club Wolverhampton Wanderers. Paul holds the UEFA Pro License, the world’s highest coaching qualification, and has managed 300 games in England including four Cup Finals in six seasons, a promotion, and three Play Off Finals at Wembley Stadium.
“We are excited to have Paul serve as the Technical Director of Met Oval. He is a highly accomplished coach with the vision to fulfill Met Oval’s goal of creating New York City’s only youth center of excellence. Through his leadership, Met Oval will deliver on its commitment to provide a ‘talent greenhouse’ where the highest-quality youth soccer players from all backgrounds can flourish,” jointly stated the Met Oval Board of Directors.
Richard Scudamore, CEO of the English Premier League, has stated that Paul’s “achievements are uncommon and illustrate his talent as one of English football’s best assets. There is no doubt that he can and will bring all these successes, achievements, and high level qualifications to a role in the United States.”
In addition to his coaching achievements, Paul played professionally for the English clubs Brentford, Torquay United, Exeter City, Colchester United and Aldershot Town. He played over 500 professional games, winning three promotions including the League 1 Championship title with Brentford, victory in the League 2 Play Off Final at Wembley with Colchest, and captained Aldershot to the league title in 2002.
After his playing career, Paul learned his trade in Exeter City’s highly successful youth academy and by managing the first team at Torquay United. He was instrumental there not only in building up Tourqay’s brand new squad, but also developing the youth academy, which has developed players for Tottenham Hotspur and the English national team. Paul comes to the United States with his wife Rebecca Lowe, who serves as studio host of NBC’s English Premier League soccer coverage.
The Metropolitan Oval is a historic soccer venue and the only club in New York City to own its own field and related facilities. A USSF development academy, Met Ovalis dedicated to developing the highest-quality soccer talent in New York City while offering youth of all backgrounds the opportunity to play soccer in a committed environment through specialized training, team play, camps, and clinics. The Metropolitan Oval Foundation is a § 501 (c)(3) not-for- profit, charitable foundation incorporated in 1998.