What is Ian Wright doing now?
Arsenal’s legendary striker Ian Wright called time on his illustrious career in 2000 at the age of 37 after a spell playing in League One with Burnley.
Scoring goals at every team he played for, he enjoyed most of his success at Arsenal where he was a member of the double-winning side of 1998.
He was also a member of the Arsenal side that won the FA Cup and League Cup in 1993 as well as the European Cup Winner’s Cup in 1994.
During his time at Highbury, Wright also broke Cliff Bastin’s 50-year goalscoring record which was then broken by another Arsenal legend Thierry Henry a few years later.
Internationally, Wright enjoyed a seven-year career in the 1990’s with the England national team winning 33 caps and scoring nine goals.
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Since retiring from playing, Wright has been a regular fixture on both television and the radio.
In the late 1990’s he even had his own chat show on ITV called Friday Night’s All Wright on which he interviewed A-List celebrities which ran for two seasons.
He has since fronted a variety of programmes including Friends Like These, I’d Do Anything and The National Lottery Wright Ticket as well as a spell as a team captain on the popular sports quiz show They Think It’s All Over.
Wright was also a presenter on Channel Five’s evening magazine programme Live From Studio Five but left after eight months after a fall out with the show’s bosses.
He also spent time coaching and joined MK Dons in 2012 as part-time first team coach working alongside manager Karl Robinson.
Unfortunately he had to leave after a year due to his other commercial commitments but he is currently working towards obtaining his coaching licences.
When Wright released his new autobiography in 2016 he revealed how he took revenge on ex Liverpool midfielder Steve McMahon by splitting his penis in a tackle.
The pair fell out whilst on England international duty when Wright, who was in his first training camp, kept losing the ball due to nerves leading to McMahon loudly criticising him.
Wright never forgot this ‘bullying’ so when Manchester City and Arsenal met in a league clash a couple of years later he got his revenge.
Although Wright said it was accidental, he went in for an over-zealous challenge on McMahon and his foot slipped straight into his groin splitting his penis all the way down.
Years later, McMahon said that every time he was aroused it would start hurting and he would think of the former Arsenal striker.
In his book Wright also revealed that he has lost eight houses and is still facing income tax issues from bad financial advice in the 1990’s.
In 2017, Wright revealed that he had been rejected for a part as a stormtrooper in the Star Wars film The Force Awakens.
A friend who was working on the film as a director of photography tried to get him a part in the film but Wright was deemed too small for the role as the minimum height for a stormtrooper is six-foot and he stands at five foot nine.
A regular on the radio since 2008, Wright has previously worked on talkSport and is currently a co-host on Absolute Radio’s Rock N Roll Football and BBC Radio 5’s popular 606 football phone-in programme.
On television he has provided punditry on the BT Sport channel as well as analysis on the BBC’s iconic ‘Match of the Day‘ show and for ITV Sport for their coverage of England international games.
He also makes regular appearances as a studio guest on Sky Television’s Debate show.
In a move that shocked many, Wright appeared as a contestant on the 2019 edition of ITV’s I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! getting paid a rumoured £400,000.
A popular camp-mate, he lasted 18 days in the jungle and finished in eighth place.
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Ian Wright #One2Eleven (4-4-2 Formation)
Ian Wright was a guest on Sky Sports programme The Fantasy Football Club in August 2013 where he picked the eleven best players he had ever played with in their #One2Eleven section of the show.
GK – David Seaman – didn’t jazz his saves up, he just made them.
RB – Lee Dixon
LB – Nigel Winterburn
CB – Steve Bould
CB – Tony Adams
These four at the back worked at their game every day in training and they were a well-drilled unit.
Their defensive work was like an art.
LM – Marc Overmars – I’ve never seen anyone with the pace he had. You couldn’t catch up with him. His movement, coming off the line, the way he would move defenders with the pace he had, he was impossible to mark. Just an unbelievable player.
CM – Bryan Robson – Captain Fantastic who I played with a couple of times for England B. The ultimate midfielder for me who had everything.
CM – Paul Gascoigne – for me the best midfielder England has ever produced. Before he did his leg in the 1991 FA Cup Final he was one of the best players in the world.
RM – Paul Merson – a top class player who could score goals and he set lots up for me.
ST – Dennis Bergkamp – the best player I ever played with and world-class. I don’t think I ever saw him have a bad touch.
ST – Teddy Sheringham – I still haven’t seen anyone as good as ‘The Bear’ was in terms of awareness.
Ian Wright: Premier League Statistics
|Premier League Teams Played for||Arsenal, West Ham United|
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