Barry Venison


Where is Barry Venison now?

A versatile defender who could play on the right, left or in the middle, Barry Venison was forced to retire due to a back injury in 1997 at the age of 32 after two seasons with Southampton.

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During his time playing for Sunderland, Venison captained the team in the 1985 League Cup final at the age of just 20 which at the time was a record.

Upon retiring from playing, Vension moved into the world of media, firstly as a pundit on Sky Sports and then on ITV as Gaby Logan’s co-host on their football show ‘On the Ball’.

As knowledgeable and articulate as Venison was, he was often ridiculed for his hairstyle and fashion sense in his early television career, eventually toning it down with a sensible haircut and less garish suits.

Alongside his television career, Venison founded sports memorabilia site Bid4Sport with friend and fellow footballer Brad Freidel, eventually selling the site and relocating to the United States in 2003.

After enjoying huge success as a property developer in Orange County and San Diego, Venison returned to football after a seven year hiatus to join up with friend Oliver Wyss who at the time was a youth coach in California.

When Wyss moved into the professional game with Orange County Blues as head coach in 2014, he appointed Venison to join him as his assistant and the pair ended their first season with the club as Western Conference champions.

In August 2016, Wyss moved upstairs to an executive role and Venison was announced as the OC Blues new head coach but he left the club at the end of the season when new owners took over.

In May 2017 Barry Venison was recruited by sports management agency Black Diamond Sports as their new vice president of football operations.

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Barry Venison: Premier League Statistics

Goals Scored1
Yellow Cards10
Red Cards1
Premier League Teams Played forNewcastle United, Southampton

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