Where is Darius Vassell now?
Former Aston Villa and Manchester City striker Darius Vassell officially hung his boots up in January 2016 after having a long spell out of the game following a cruciate ligament injury whilst playing for Leicester City in the Championship.
Lightning fast and extremely agile, he was incredibly never on the losing side in any of the 46 Premier League games in which he scored.
Although he never won any silverware during his playing career, he did receive international recognition and represented England 22 times, scoring six goals.
In a frank interview with the Birmingham Mail in August 2017, he admitted that he could have prolonged his career instead of retiring at the age of 31 had he reached out to professional advisors.
Upon retiring from playing, Vassell set up a mentoring and coaching consultancy based near Birmingham as well as studying for a degree in sports science at Loughborough University.
He has also released an autobiography which chronicles his life on and off the field which includes contributions from his former England manager Sven-Göran Eriksson and team-mates Dion Dublin and Daniel Sturridge.
Keen to get into coaching he spent time working as a specialist forwards coach at the Wolves academy on a part-time basis, before joining the club on a full-time contract in July 2017.
Starting off as a youth development phase support coach he then moved to a role as a striker specific coach well as coaching the academy under 15’s side.
Currently working with the older boys within the academy he harbours ambitions to go into football management in the future.
In 2020 Vassell took part in the second series of ‘Harry Heroes‘ which saw a group of former England players travel to Germany to play some of their ex-internationals in a grudge match. The Three Lions were victorious with a 1-0 victory against a team containing German legends such as Thomas Hassler and Steffen Freund.
#One2Eleven (4-4-2 Formation)
Darius Vassell was a guest on Sky Sports programme The Fantasy Football Club in August 2016 where he picked the eleven best players he had ever played with in their #One2Eleven section of the show.
GK – Mark Bosnich – at one point one of the best goalkeepers in the country. Looked after me as a youngster coming through.
RB – Geremi –played with him during my time in Turkey. Quick, strong, excellent at free kicks and a natural leader.
LB – Jeffrey Schlupp – was coming through the ranks when I was at Leicester and you could see the talent he had at a young age.
CB – Rio Ferdinand – got an amazing football brain and has the ability to read the game so well. Could play anywhere on the pitch.
CB – Ledley King – exactly the same as Rio Ferdinand – could play anywhere on the pitch.
DM – Vincent Kompany – started off at Manchester City as a midfielder. If any of the attacking players give it up then he’s there as the rock.
CM – Daniel Sturridge – not a midfielder but I want my team to have an attacking threat. We could see his potential at 15-years-old at City.
AM – Paul Merson – simply a pure footballer. Didn’t want to defend, just have freedom with the ball and make things happen.
CM – Gareth Barry – came through the Villa ranks with him. When he was on the ball something usually happened.
ST – Andy Cole – the most prolific striker I have played with. The way he could finish was ridiculous.
ST – Juan Pablo-Angel – fantastic ability in the air and scored a lot of goals during his time at Villa.
Darius Vassell: Premier League Statistics
|Premier League Teams Played for||Aston Villa, Manchester City|
Statistics courtesy of www.premierleague.com