Where is Ray Wilkins now?
English footballing legend Ray Wilkins was still playing in the top-level of English football with Queens Park Rangers well into his thirties before finally hanging up his boots in 1997 at the age of 41.
He enjoyed an illustrious playing career and represented a number of teams in England, Scotland, Italy and France winning the FA Cup with Manchester United and two Scottish Premier League titles and the League Cup with Rangers.
On the international stage he won 84 caps for England and played at the 1982 and 1986 FIFA World Cup Finals.
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Upon retiring from playing Wilkins went into the coaching side of the game and joined former side QPR as player-manager but left after they were relegated from the Premier League in 1996.
He then had a season-long spell as manager of Fulham before moving to Chelsea as Gianluca Vialli’s assistant manager where he stayed for two seasons before re-joining him at Watford.
After two seasons at Watford he then spent two seasons assisting Dennis Wise at Millwall whilst also assisting Peter Taylor with the England under- 21’s.
In 2008, Wilkins returned to Chelsea as Luiz Felipe Scolari’s assistant manager and was briefly caretaker manager of the side after Scolari was sacked.
He then worked under Guus Hiddink and Carlo Ancelotti before leaving Chelsea in 2010 upon the expiration of his contract.
Brief spells as assistant manager at Fulham and as head coach of the Jordan national team were preceded by a role as assistant manager to Tim Sherwood at Aston Villa but this was a short-lived role and he left after only four months when Sherwood was sacked.
Away from the coaching side of the game he also worked a lot in the media and was a co-commentator for Sky Sports’ coverage of the Champions League as well as a regular contributor on their Premier League Daily show which was a great showcase for his insight and knowledge of the game.
In March 2018 Wilkins suffered a cardiac arrest resulting in a fall at his home and was placed into an induced coma, sadly dying five days later at the age of 61.
He was widely regarded as one of the nicest people in football and tributes came from across the world.
One of these was from his former AC Milan team-mate and captain Franco Baresi who laid a bouquet of flowers next to a shirt bearing Wilkins name before the Milan derby which was played a few hours after his death.
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Ray Wilkins #One2Eleven (4-3-3 Formation)
Ray Wilkins was a guest on Sky Sports programme The Fantasy Football Club in September 2012 where he picked the eleven best players he had ever played with in their #One2Eleven section of the show.
GK – Peter Shilton – fantastic shot-stopper who was one of the best ever English goalkeepers. Not the greatest on crosses though but still great nonetheless.
RB – Paolo Maldini – I had the pleasure of playing with him at AC Milan when he was just 17 and he was as good then as he was at 37. An unbeliveable athlete.
CB – Dave Watson –played with the former Manchester City defender for England. He was a real winner of a centre half who was fantastic in the air.
CB – Franco Baresi – the best player I have ever played with in my life. A brilliant defender who had two feet like a centre forward. Quick, a great technique, this player had everything.
LB – Kenny Sansom – the second best England left back ever after Ashley Cole, Sansom was outstanding.
CM – Graeme Souness – I used to hate playing against him. He would compliment the other midfielders in this team fantastically.
RM – Glenn Hoddle – one of the most talented footballers to have ever graced our shores. He had a great technique and could pass teams to death.
CM – Bryan Robson – had an engine on him which was second to none and was an unbelievable box-to-box midfielder.
ST – Steve Coppell – such as shame when his career ended early. He was a real team player.
ST – Roberto Donadoni – a really talented footballer who had two great feet and could play either side.
ST – Kevin Keegan – he wasn’t a gifted footballer but had a will to win and desire. He could run all day long and could score a goal as well.
Ray Wilkins: Premier League Statistics
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