He is currently making an excellent job of guiding Carlisle United to safety as manager - but what about Paul Simpson the player?

The Cumbrian had a fine career, starting out as a teenager with Manchester City and going on to star for Oxford United, Derby County, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Blackpool, Rochdale and of course the Blues.

We've had a delve into YouTube to bring back some memories of Simmo before the dugout came calling.

1. 1985

Simmo was only 18 when he played in this huge game for Man City - and he got on the scoresheet in the 5-1 win over Charlton which sent them into the top flight.

2. 1985

A slightly earlier one from City's promotion run-in - and evidence of the quality in Simmo's left foot with this deft finish against Portsmouth.

3. 1988

Headed goals were perhaps not Simmo's forte, but he was on the spot to nod home this decisive goal for the Citizens against a Blackpool side featuring several players with United connections - Barry Siddall, Russ Coughlin, Keith Walwyn and Richard Sendall...

4. 1989

Simmo joined Oxford in 1988 - and a year later was producing these acrobatics to score a crucial goal in a win over Bradford...

5. 1990

Simpson had a fine spell at the Manor Ground. Here's another goal from his Oxford stint - a neat daisy-cutter after being set up by fellow future Carlisle man John Durnin...

6. 1992

Derby then got the benefit of Simpson's left foot - an example this cultured volley against Charlton.

7. 1992

Back in 1992, Arsenal were up there with the best teams in the land. That didn't stop Simmo sticking this clinical penalty past David Seaman in this League Cup tie...

8. 1992

Any number of further Simmo specials for the Rams out there, and this one at Barnsley is worth a look - ignore the grainy footage and drink in the majestic left-footed free-kick...

9. 1997

After five excellent years at Derby, Simmo went to Wolverhampton - and Swindon certainly weren't safe from that Cumbrian left peg. Check out this splendid lob at Molineux, which followed an earlier Wolves goal by a certain Keith Curle...

10. 2001

Off to the seaside at Blackpool - and among Simpson's contributions for the Tangerines was this big goal which helped Steve McMahon's team to promotion in the Division Three play-off final...

11. 2002

Next it was Rochdale, where Simpson would go on to become player-manager. Here, the midfield veteran supplies a pleasing close-range thump against Darlington.

12. 2004

And finally, back home to Carlisle. The final six goals of Simmo's playing career came in the 2003/4 campaign at Brunton Park. Again, footage is a bit grainy, but that left-foot power is still clear as the 37-year-old rifles home against Yeovil at the Warwick Road End.