Dean Saunders

Where is Dean Saunders now?

Former Aston Villa and Liverpool striker Dean Saunders retired from playing in 2001 after spending two seasons in the Premier League with Bradford City.

The much-travelled Saunders played for 12 different clubs during hs 19-year career including a spell in Turkey with Galatasaray and also in Portugal with Benfica.

He was also a regular starter for the Welsh national team and represented his country on 75 occasions over a 15-year period.

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Upon retiring from playing Saunders rejoined his former manager Graeme Souness at Blackburn Rovers as a strikers coach before a promotion to first team coach.

When Souness joined Newcastle United as their new manager in 2004, Saunders followed in the same role he had at Blackburn.

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

In 2008, he made the step up from his previous coaching roles when he was appointed as manager of struggling Conference National side Wrexham.

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, he made a return to football when he was appointed as interim manager of Crawley Town after John Gregory stepped down to undergo major surgery.

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

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

Howeverm his role was short-lived and he was sacked from the club only six months into his tenure after a run of poor results.

A UEFA Pro Licence holder, Saunders also worked as John Toshack’s assistant when he was the national side’s manager from 2007 until 2010.

In June 2016, Saunders was part of the BBC pundit team for their coverage of the Welsh national team’s games at Euro 2016 and 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 him 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 as well as on the radio with talkSPORT.

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

In August 2019, Saunders was jailed for 10 weeks after refusing a breath test when he was stopped by police on suspicion of drink-driving but he was released on bail after just one day.

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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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