Where is Matt Le Tissier now?
After spending his entire 16-year professional career at Southampton, Matt Le Tissier finally hung up his boots in 2002 after spending two seasons playing for local non-league side Eastleigh.
Although Le Tissier was the subject of interest from many big clubs during his career including Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United he always pledged his allegiance to the Saints who were ever-present in the top flight throughout his career.
Le Tissier never won any team silverware with Southampton but he won a number of individual awards including the PFA Young Player of the Season in 1990, the English Football Goal of the Season award in 1994 as well as inclusion in the Premier League team of the year in 1994-95.
He also had an unbelievable record when it came to taking penalties and scored 47 out of 48 that he took for Southampton.
Le Tissier also represented the England national team on eight occasions over a three-year period between 1994 and 1997.
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Since retiring Le Tissier has been a regular face on our screens as a pundit for Sky Sports on their weekly Soccer Saturday show.
He was also a contestant on the ITV sports show ‘Eternal Glory’ in 2015 where he finished in the top three.
A keen golfer playing off a handicap of eight, Le Tissier caddied for his professional golfer friend Richard Bland in the 2002 Scottish Open.
In 2011, Le Tissier became honoury president of Guernsey FC but stepped down from the role in 2014 due to his work commitments.
During this period he briefly came out of retirement to play for Guernsey in order to help them out after an end of season fixture pile up.
In the same year Le Tissier was inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame.
Away from his media work, Le Tissier owns a successful football academy which coaches local children a “Play with freedom” philosophy.
In 2015 Le Tissier was awarded the inaugural “One Man Club” award from Spanish La Liga side Athletic Bilbao which honours players who have spent their entire careers with one team.
In August 2016, Le Tissier announced that he had launched a new football agency with former Southampton team-mate Francis Benali.
Called 73 Management, their agency works not only with players but their families as well and represents players for the good of their careers rather than to look for easy-money deals.
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Matthew Le Tissier’s #One2Eleven
Matt Le Tissier was a guest on Sky Sports programme The Fantasy Football Club in 2015 where he picked the eleven best players he had ever played with in their #One2Eleven section of the show.
GK – Tim Flowers – my old mate – what a superb goalkeeper. Such a character and always had great banter. I played with Shilton, Grobbelaar and Beasant, but for me the best was Flowers.
RB – Jeff Kenna – I only played with three right backs during the whole of my career. He was brilliant going forward.
LB – Dereck Statham – firstly apologies to Francis Benali but I’ve never seen a more calm defender. He had a brilliant football brain and was a superb passer of the ball.
CB – Dean Richards – when we got him from Wolves people questioned his fitness and the fact that he had dodgy knees but he always got through a game and was phenomenally consistent.
CB – Mark Wright – he didn’t look like a defender as he was stick-thin but he read the game brilliantly well.
RW – Danny Wallace – had electic pace and could go past people at the drop of a hat.
CM – Jimmy Case – a brilliant leader who you’d always want in your team. He used to get on my case but he was just doing it to try to make me better.
CM – Ronnie Ekelund – a lot of people won’t remember Ronnie but he was the most talented player I played with at Southampton. We were on the same wavelength and we got on brilliantly well.
LW – Rodney Wallace – one of the most underrated players I have ever played with who should have been knocking on the England team door. He was so quick and made a lot of my passes look very good.
Striker – Alan Shearer – a phenomenal footballer who scored a hat-trick for us on his debut against an Arsenal team with Tony Adams at the back. He didn’t score a load of goals for us but just got better and better when he left for Blackburn.
Striker – Marion Pahars – the Latvian Michael Owen. No one knew anything about him when he turned up but boy could he play. He would turn defenders so quickly.
Matt Le Tissier: Premier League Statistics
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