Whenever we see a footballer on the field, in today’s world especially, we think that he is living the dream: getting paid thousands and thousands of pounds a week for something that a lot of us do in our spare time. You’d think they’d be set for life. But the career of a footballer is a short one.
Irrespective of whether they need to or not financially, most find something else to do after they hang up their boots. I mean, if I retired at 33, there’d only be so much partying and lounging around my mansion I could do before boredom set in. Some maintain a presence in the footballing world and become pundits, commentators or coaches. Some invest their money in bars and restaurants (here’s looking at you, David Bentley) and some delve into the property market. There are others however, who find themselves in jobs many worlds away from football. With that, here are the five of the strangest jobs that footballers have had after they retired from the game.
5. John Chiedozie – Bouncy Castle Business
I mean seriously, whether you’re seven or 70, who doesn’t love a bouncy castle? Nigerian-born John Chiedozie’s career spanned from 1977 to 1990. He was also capped nine times for his country. He journeyed across the English divisions and played on the wing for teams such as Notts County, Derby County, Spurs and Leyton Orient. When Notts County were relegated in the 1983-84 season, teams were falling over themselves to sign Chiedozie up. After terrorising defences at Meadow Lane for three seasons, it was Spurs that snapped him up for £375,000. Injury blighted the winger throughout his career, and inevitably he would succumb as his persistent back problems sent him down the leagues. He ended his career with non-league Bashley in 1990. In his prime, however, he was a winger that very few defenders could catch. In 2002, he was honoured with the title of Officer of the Order of Niger by the president of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo, for his services to Nigerian football. Now, he runs a children’s soft play equipment business in Hampshire, the crown jewel of which being bouncy castles. I know, I was thinking the same thing, an obvious career move for a footballer.