Where is Paul Merson now?
After a long and successful career in the top divisions, Paul Merson finally retired from playing in 2006 after dropping down the leagues and turning out for Tamworth FC.
Merson won a number of trophies during his illustrious career with Arsenal including two First Division titles, the FA Cup, the League Cup and the European Cup Winner’s Cup.
He also bagged the PFA Young Player of the Year award in 1989.
Before Merson officially hung up his boots he had a two-year spell as player-manager at Division One side Walsall.
His time at the club was without difficulty and he endured problems off the pitch with his gambling and drinking addictions however he did manage to retain the club’s Division One status during his time there.
Realising that he wasn’t probably suited to football management, Merson then started his current job as a panelist on Sky Sports’ popular Soccer Saturday show.
He is often the target of good-humoured banter from the other pundits because of his regular mis-pronounciation of foreign player’s names.
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In 2012, Merson came out of retirement for one game to play for non-league Welshpool Town alongside fellow Sky Sports pundit Chris Kamara.
In that same year Paul Merson released an anecdotal book called How Not to Be a Professional Footballer
Merson is also a sought after speaker on the after dinner circuit with many honest stories about his life on and off the pitch. You can find out more details on his website.
In addition to his Soccer Saturday role, Paul Merson co-hosted popular Sky Sports show The Fantasy Football Club from 2012 to 2017, a programme where ex professionals pick the best eleven that they have played with over their careers.
In July 2017 Merson represented England in Star Sixes, a six-a-side indoor international tournament at the O2 in London featuring some of the world’s most iconic footballers.
A father to six children, his son Sam Merson currently plays in the non-league with St Albans City.
In March 2019, Merson participated in a TV series called ‘Harry’s Heroes’ which saw football manager Harry Redknapp take a number of ex professionals on a journey to lose weight with the end goal of playing a team of ex Germany internationals.
Ironically, England won the game 4-2 – the same scoreline as the 1966 World Cup Final with Merson scoring the winning goal.
It was also revealed during the programme that he still suffers from his gambling addiction.
In January 2020 Merson revealed that he had been a year sober after admitting that he was close to committing suicide after spiralling into depression in 2019.
Follow Paul Merson on Twitter @PaulMerse
Paul Merson: Premier League Statistics
|Premier League Teams Played for||Arsenal, Middlesbrough, Aston Villa|
Statistics courtesy of www.premierleague.com