Where is Chris Kirkland now?
Ex Liverpool and Coventry City goalkeeper Chris Kirkland retired from playing professionally in 2016 after a brief spell at League One side Bury.
He originally joined Bury on a one-year contract but left the club weeks later after making the decision to put his “family’s future and wellbeing first“.
In an interview with The Guardian newspaper in October 2017, Kirkland revealed that he had been suffering from depression and had even contemplated suicide before retiring from football.
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Showing huge potential as a child, his father and a few of his friends put a £100 bet on him at 100/1 when he was eight-years-old to play for the England national side before he reached the age of 30.
They won their bet in 2006 when he came on as a second-half substitute in a friendly game against Greece.
Upon retiring from playing Kirkland entered the broadcasting world as a pundit and analyst for the likes of Sky Sports News and BBC’s Football Focus programme.
Maintaining his links with the game he joined his former Wigan Athletic team-mate Michael Brown at Port Vale in 2017 as his first team goalkeeping coach but left later that year when Brown was sacked.
He made a return to football with former club Liverpool in June 2018 when he was appointed as goalkeeper coach of their women’s side.
When manager Neil Redfearn resigned after just one game, Kirkland stepped in as caretaker manager on an indefinite basis but returned to his coaching role upon the appointment of manager Vicky Jepson with the additional duty of her assistant manager.
He left the club in March 2019 to concentrate on the growing demands of his own goalkeeping academy.
He also works as a coach at the Professional Player Academy which is an academy based in the north west that bridges the gap between local grassroots football and professional academies.
In July 2019 Kirkland took to Twitter to confirm that he had checked into rehab in North Wales after struggles with anxiety and depression.
He has since co-founded an application called Yapa which encourages users to send out text-based posts that are mood dependent ange from ‘Depressed’ to ‘Happy’ via different colour codes, giving members the chance to connect with other users.
In May 2020 he made a return to football in his current role as head goalkeeper coach at non-league side Colne FC.
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Chris Kirkland was a guest on Sky Sports programme The Fantasy Football Club in October 2016 where he picked the eleven best players he had ever played with in their #One2Eleven section of the show.
GK – Steve Ogrizovic – I still speak to him now and go to him for advice.
RB Ryan Taylor – probably the best right-foot I have seen in football. So comfortable on the ball from right back.
LB – Leighton Baines – was with Baines at Wigan. Fantastic passer and used to make such an impact going forward.
CB – Sami Hyypia – when he played with Stephane Henchoz at Liverpool they complimented each other so well and were very hard to get by.
CB – Arjan de Zeeuw – what a gentleman, everyone had respect for him. He was a very good player and a very quick brain. Really good with the younger lads too.
CM – Steven Gerrard– the talisman for Liverpool and one of the club’s all-time best players. We always looked to him to pull us out of trouble and nine times out of ten he did.
CM – Xabi Alonso – never gave a pass away in training or in games. It looked so easy for him. Very well liked.
CM – Gary McAllister – make the game look so easy. Had such a big impact on the other players pulling everyone together.
Striker – Antonio Valencia – a great guy and an absolute steal when Steve Bruce bought him for £600k and later sold him on for £20 million. A big part of the Wigan team with his pace and power.
Striker – Emile Heskey – the main focal point when we were at Wigan together. On his day he was unplayable.
Striker – Robbie Keane – a fan’s favourite at Coventry and was just a box of tricks. A real joker in the dressing room too.
Chris Kirkland: Premier League Statistics
|Premier League Teams Played for||Coventry City, Liverpool, Wigan Athletic|
Statistics courtesy of www.premierleague.com