Gary Charles

Gary Charles

Where is Gary Charles now?

A skilful defender whose career was cut short early at the age of 32, Gary Charles officially retired from playing in 2002 after an injury-ravaged time at his boyhood club West Ham United.

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Charles was the player who was famously fouled by Paul Gascoigne in the 1991 FA Cup Final which resulted in him tearing his cruciate ligaments and delaying his move to Italian side Lazio.

During his time out with injuries, Charles turned to drink which ultimately led to full-blown alcoholism once his playing career was over.

In 2003, Charles was jailed for six months for dangerous driving and failing to provide a breath sample after a series of drunken incidents in his car.

Charles is now a sports ambassador for Priority Health Care which is a company dedicated to stemming the growing tide of addiction, anxiety and simple burn out.

A UEFA A license holder, Charles got his first taste of management in March 2018 when he was appointed as manager of non-league side Nuneaton Town.

He had previously worked at the University of Nottingham as their Director of Football and Head Coach as well as working in player recruitment for Sunderland and Burnley.

Unfortunately for Charles his role was short-lived and he was replaced in June 2018 by ex Barnsley player Nicky Eaden.

Taking to Twitter to say that he only heard about his sacking through social media, the club issued a statement to say that his appointment was only on an informal basis and that he never had a contract.

Follow Gary Charles on Twitter @GaryCharlesFRJ

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Gary Charles: Premier League Statistics

Goals Scored3
Yellow Cards6
Red Cards1
Premier League Teams Played forAston Villa, Nottingham Forest, West Ham

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