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.
He 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 as well as bagging the PFA Young Player of the Year award in 1989.
Before he officially hung up his boots he had a two-year spell as player-manager at Division One side Walsall but he had a difficult time at the club with 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.
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 he released an anecdotal book called How Not to Be a Professional Footballer with many stories which he recalls on the after dinner circuit. You can find out more details on his website.
In addition to his Soccer Saturday role, 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 March 2019, he 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 suffered from his drinking and gambling addictions.
In 2020 he took part in the second series of ‘Harry Heroes‘ which saw the England players travel to Germany to play in a grudge match which they won 1-0.
Within the programme he revealed that he had been a year sober after admitting that he was close to committing suicide after spiralling into depression in 2019.
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Paul Merson: Premier League Statistics
|Premier League Teams Played for||Arsenal, Middlesbrough, Aston Villa|
Statistics courtesy of www.premierleague.com