Following on from our previous blog comparing the football transfer world and that of recruitment; we now look at ex professional footballers who have made interesting career moves outside of their beloved game.

Nigel Spink –  Nigel Spink signed for Aston Villla at the age of 18. He played over 300 games for Villa in a career spanning 19 years, including being capped by England. For the next five years, Spink would wind down his playing career, retiring at the age of 41. Since then he has had a number of coaching roles but has set up a courier business in the Midlands.

Rob Jones – Joined Liverpool in 1991 and made 185 appearances before a knee injury cut short his career. Jones set up a childcare nursery in 1999 with his wife. The business is going from strength to strength and now has nurseries in Abu Dhabi and Bahrain.

Phillipe Albert – The former Belgian International will always be remembered in England for the audacious chip that he scored against Manchester United for Newcastle United. Having retired from the game in 2000, Albert has since forged a career as a Fruit and Veg supplier in his native homeland.

Danny Granville –  Having played in the top two tiers of English football over a ten-year period, for the likes of Chelsea, Leeds United, Manchester City and Crystal Palace. The former England Under 21 International called time on his playing career in 2009 and can now be found teaching Games at Duncombe School in Hertford.

Steve Finnan – Was a solid right back for Fulham and Liverpool amongst others in the early 00’s.  Finnan boasts a CV which features winning the Champions League in 2005 and also playing for the Republic Of Ireland in the 2002 World Cup. When he retired in 2010, Finnan set up a property development business with his brother.

Ian Harte – During the mid to late 90’s, Ian Harte was seen as one of the best free kick takers in Europe. He was one of the reasons that Leeds United got to the semi-finals of the Champions League in 2001. Since retiring, Harte has started selling a nutrition supplement.

Jeff Whitley – Having come through the youth ranks at Manchester City, making his first team debut at the age of 17 and then full International honours with Northern Ireland, you’d be forgiven for thinking that he had his future at his feet. Being thrown in to the limelight at such a young age had its downside and Whitley retired at the age of 30, having had drink and drug problems. He can now be found selling second hand cars in Stockport.

Tomas Brolin – After becoming a global name in the Euro 92 competition, when his Swedish team got to the semi-finals knocking England out along the way, he will be remembered in England for his transfer to Leeds United, where he only made 19 appearances in two years at the club. He never recovered from this and retired in 1998 aged just 29. Since leaving football, Brolin has sold parts for vacuum cleaners.

Kevin Campbell – Famous for being the first Arsenal player to score a hat-trick in the Premier League. The former Arsenal, Nottingham Forest, Trabzonspor, Everton, WBA and Cardiff City player now runs a Security company.

Kevin Kyle – Who’s career spanned over 250 games, with clubs including Sunderland, Coventry City and Rangers was also capped by Scotland at International level. He was reported to be working as a storeman on a ferry in 2014 when his playing career came to an end.

Brett Angell – The one-time Premier League striker with Everton, was working nights at Tesco when he had retired from full time football. This didn’t last too long though and he was back in the game in 2014 when he became the manager of Hawke’s Bay United in New Zealand.

So when people say that footballers are overpaid and are set for life during their careers, you can think again. A footballer’s career is short and if they are lucky could span a maximum of 20 years. Once they retire, they must keep themselves busy like the rest of us and as you can see from the examples above, some of the career changes are no different to you or I.

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