Where is Phil Babb now?
At one point the most expensive defender in Britain when he moved from Coventry City to Liverpool, Phil Babb retired from playing in 2004 after two years playing at Sunderland.
Making over 370 appearances which included six seasons at Anfield, Babb was one of a number of Liverpool players labelled as ‘Spice Boys’ by the media who used the term to highlight the players who were perceived to focus on partying and fame rather than their football.
Other ‘Spice Boys’ at the club included David James who started modelling for Armani, Jason McAteer who appeared in adverts for Head and Shoulders shampoo and Jamie Redknapp who modelled for Burton menswear.
Babb famously had one of the most painful looking injuries in Premier League history when he slid into the post between his legs in a game against Chelsea.
Contrary to popular belief he didn’t actually crush his testicles but displaced his coccyx which resulted in him having to sit in a rubber ring for a week.
Away from domestic football, Babb represented the Republic of Ireland on 35 occasions between 1994 and 2002 and was part of the team that famously defeated Italy in the FIFA 2004 World Cup.
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Upon retiring from playing, Babb kept a pretty low public profile but in 2006 he did invest in “Golf Punk” magazine with a number of former Sunderland team mates effectively saving it from closure albeit temporarily.
In May 2013 he was appointed manager of non-league club Hayes & Yeading but left the club by mutual consent in February 2015 leaving his team just one place above relegation.
Babb is now a regular guest and contributor on Sky Sports for their Premier League Daily show as well as punditry for international games featuring the Republic of Ireland
He is also a regular guest on Liverpool FC’s in-house television channel LFC TV.
Away from his punditry work he is a partner of a company called BetStatz which helps customers make more informed bets as one of their football experts. He is also an FA registered agent.
Phil Babb: Premier League Statistics
|Premier League Teams Played for||Coventry City, Liverpool, Sunderland|
Statistics courtesy of www.premierleague.com