After 15 years at the highest level of journalism 'on the road', Paul accepted the offer to return to where it it all began for him in national newspapers and re-joined the News of the World as Sports Editor.
For four years the News of the World's reputation as the unrivalled market leader in sport grew under Paul's leadership. The paper constantly broke the biggest stories, its match reports were unmatched for their analysis, insight and wit while Paul's eye for talent spotting saw the paper amass the strongest sports team for more than two decades.
Paul's reputation as an experienced and talented broadcaster was given a major boost when he was asked to host Sky's 'Sunday Supplement' and was given his own weekly slot on Sky Sports News, 'Macca on Monday'. He was also a regular contributor to many football and sporting documentaries produced by the BBC, ITV and Channel 4.
By now firmly established as one of journalism's foremost columnists, Paul was nominated as Sports Journalist of the Year in the industry equivalent of the Oscars.
Four years as Chief Football Writer at The Express propelled Paul into the highest strata of football journalism, covering World Cups and European Championships as well as regularly contributing to Sky Sports, BBC and Radio 5Live. But now it was time to stretch himself and he joined The People as Chief Sports Columnist to expand his reporting repertoire.
In recognition of his tireless work on behalf of his fellow journalists, Paul was elected Chairman of the Football Writers' Association and held the post for three years, hosting glittering annual dinners and working closely with football's authorities and title sponsors.
With a string of top class exclusives and a burgeoning reputation - not to mention expanding contacts book - Paul knew it was time to test himself in the daily market and joined the Daily Express prior to Euro 96.
Having established himself as one of the rising stars of regional journalism, it was time to move to the nationals with the News of the World heading the queue for Paul's services.
After representing England Schools at Under 19 level, Paul decided his football expertise and experience was suited to a life in journalism and he joined the award-winning South London Press to cover Wimbledon at the height of the Crazy Gang's FA Cup winning success.