Where is David James now?
Premier League legend David James finally retired from playing in 2014 after spells abroad in India with Kerala Blasters and in Iceland with IBV.
During his time at IBV he linked up with his former Portsmouth team-mate Hermann Hreidarsson working with him as his assistant in order to gain some coaching experience.
A Premier League record breaker, having made the most appearances as a goalkeeper since the league’s formation, he was also an FA Cup winner with Portsmouth in 2008 and a League Cup winner with Liverpool in 1995.
James was also capped 53 times by England between 1997 and 2010 and was the number one keeper for the Euro 2004 tournament and the 2010 FIFA World Cup tournament.
Having already passed most of his UEFA coaching badges, James linked up with his boyhood club Luton Town as a goalkeeper coach in October 2013 in order to gain some further coaching experience.
He has since graduated from the The FA’s highest coaching qualification – The FA Level 5 (UEFA Pro) in Coaching Football course.
A man with expensive tastes, James declared himself bankrupt in 2014 and had to auction off a lot of his football memorabilia including 150 player’s shirts that he had collected during his playing days.
Reports suggested that he had earned £25 million in his 20 year career which included a lucrative modelling contract with Armani.
In October 2014 he joined Indian Super League side Kerala Blasters as player coach for the inaugural 10 week season.
Following the sacking of Luton Town manager John Still in December 2015, James was the bookies favourite to become their new manager but the role went to Brighton’s first team coach Nathan Jones.
In 2017 James represented England in Star Sixes, a six-a-side indoor international tournament at the O2 in London featuring some of the world’s most iconic footballers.
He also played in the 2019 tournament which was held in Glasgow.
In January 2018, James made a return to football management as head coach of Indian Super League side Kerala Blasters.
Replacing the outgoing Rene Meulensteen, he took over a struggling side which had lost five of their first seven games despite fielding ex Premier League players Dimitar Berbatov and Wes Brown.
Upon his appointment, results improved on the pitch and his Kerala side finished the season in a respectable sixth place.
However, despite winning the first game of his first full season in charge, James’ team went on an 11 game winless run which ultimately led to his dismissal in December 2018.
Away from football coaching, James has been seen on our screens in the Great Sport Relief Bake Off where he pitted his baking skills against other celebrities including the Prime Minister’s wife Samantha Cameron.
He also works as an ambassador for Playon which is a global network of sports professionals that provide ex-players with an opportunity to keep earning and maintaining their value in retirement.
The network also assists with some of the main issues ex-professionals are faced with when they retire from professional sports such as depression and anxiety.
James has also worked for a number of broadcasters such as BT Sport and Eurosport as a match day pundit.
In August 2019 he was revealed as one of the contestants for the latest season of Strictly Come Dancing and ended up leaving the show after getting voted out after four weeks.
David James: Premier League Statistics
|Premier League Teams Played for||Aston Villa, Liverpool, Manchester City, Portsmouth, West Ham United|
Statistics courtesy of www.premierleague.com