Matt Jansen

Where is Matt Jansen now?

After exploding onto the scene in the mid-nineties with Blackburn Rovers, Matt Jansen’s career took an unfortunate turn in the summer of 2002 when he was involved in a near fatal motorcycle accident.

Although Jansen made a full recovery from his injuries, he was unable to replicate his previous club form which ultimately led to him gradually dropping down the leagues.

He has since admitted that he spent many years suffering from depression after his accident after the realisation that he would never be able to get back to the player that he was.
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After initially joining former Blackburn Rovers team-mate Garry Flitcroft in 2010 at non-league Chorley FC in a player/assistant coach role, Jansen was promoted to manager when Flitcroft left the club in July 2015. 

In his first season as manager he guided the team to a respectable eighth position in the league, seven points off of a play-off position.

His second season at the club was even better and he led his side to the play-off final where they were unlucky to lose in extra time to FC Halifax.

After reaching the play-off semi finals in his third season, Jansen resigned in June 2018 after a breakdown with the Chorley FC board.

The official statement from the club said ‘The professional working relationship between Matt, his personal representative and the owners and CEO of the club has irretrievably broken down and the club’s refusal to discuss Matt’s personal terms for the 2018-2019 season, have significantly contributed to his decision’.

Jansen spent a total of eight years at the club as a player, coach and manager and was involved in two promotions and three play-off finals during his time there.

In August 2019 he released his critically acclaimed autobiography What Was, What Is and What Might Have Been.

Follow on Twitter @mrmjansen

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Matt Jansen: Premier League Statistics

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Premier League Teams Played forBlackburn Rovers, Bolton Wanderers, Crystal Palace

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