Dean Saunders

Where is Dean Saunders now?

After retiring in 2001, Dean Saunders started his coaching career at Bradford City before moving to Blackburn Rovers to work alongside his former manager Graeme Souness.

When Souness joined Newcastle United as their new manager in 2004, Saunders followed, initially as striker coach, and then first-team coach.

He left the Magpies in 2006 when Souness and his entire backroom staff were sacked after a string of bad results due to injuries to key players saw the team slide down the table.

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In 2008, Dean Saunders was appointed as manager of Conference National side Wrexham, taking over from Brian Little.

After a successful couple of seasons at Wrexham he left to join Doncaster Rovers as their new manager in September 2011.

In 2013 whilst Doncaster were second in League One, Saunders controversially left to become the manager of Championship side Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Unfortunately he was sacked in May of the same year after Wolves were relegated to League One.

In December 2014 Dean Saunders was back in football as interim manager of Crawley Town after John Gregory stepped down to undergo major surgery.

After a spirited campaign, Saunders’ side failed to avoid the drop and were relegated to League Two.

Speculation about Saunders future at Crawley ended in May 2015 after he was appointed as manager of League One side Chesterfield.

This role was short lived however as Saunders was sacked from the club only six months into his tenure after a run of poor results.

In June 2016, Dean Saunders was part of the BBC pundit team for their coverage of the Welsh national team’s games at Euro 2016.

Saunders made the headlines during the tournament when it was revealed that he had incurred parking charges of over £1,000 from Birmingham Airport’s short stay car park as he wasn’t expecting Wales to progress as far as they did.

The charge was eventually waived by the airport who asked Saunders to make a donation to charity instead.

He has now ramped up his media work and is a regular guest on BT Sport’s Saturday afternoon Score programme.

His son Callum Saunders is also a professional footballer currently playing in the lower leagues.

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Dean Saunders: Premier League Statistics

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Premier League Teams Played forAston Villa, Bradford City, Nottingham Forest

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