Ryan Nelsen

Where is Ryan Nelsen now?

A rock at the back in his Blackburn Rovers days, Ryan Nelsen retired from playing in 2013 after short spells at Tottenham Hotspur and Queens Park Rangers.

Playing professionally for 18-years, he started off his career playing for Christchurch United in his native New Zealand before spending four seasons playing for DC United in the MLS and then moving onto England.

He was also an important member of the New Zealand international team during the 2000’s and captained the side in the 2010 FIFA World Cup finals.
 
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Whilst still a player at Queens Park Rangers, Nelsen was offered the managerial position at MLS side Toronto FC.

He subsequently joined the club as head coach midway through Queens Park Ranger’s Premier League season in order to prepare for Toronto’s pre-season.

Unfortunately, he was fired by the club in August 2014 after a fall out with the Toronto senior management team despite having reasonable success on the pitch with the team.

Nelsen revealed in an interview that he has no plans to return to football coaching for the time being and is now working on a number of private business projects.

One of these projects is working as a football player agent representing a company owned by businessman Kia Joorabchian.

He is also co-founder and chairman of Roar Domains which own various sporting top level domain names such as .basketball and .rugby.

Keeping links with Washington, USA from his time playing over there he is also a director of sports investment company SportsinvestUSA.

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Ryan Nelsen: Premier League Statistics

NationalityNew Zealand
PositionDefender
Appearances198
Goals9
Yellow Cards24
Red Cards3
Premier League Teams Played forBlackburn Rovers, Tottenham Hotspur, QPR

Statistics courtesy of www.premierleague.com