15 Premier League Players Who Retired And Found Regular Jobs


Dutch centre-back Ken Monkou had spells in the top flight of English football with Chelsea and Southampton. He put together a string of impressive performances for Chelsea and was voted Player of the Year for Chelsea in his first season with The Blues. In 1992, he had just signed a five-year contract to keep him in South West London, but the offer made by Southampton was too good for any party to refuse, and he was soon on his way to The Saints. After helping them stay afloat in the PL by the skin of their teeth several times, Ken had a brief spell at Huddersfield Town before calling time on his playing career.

What did Ken do when he retired He did the usual media work, but also returned to his home near Rotterdam, and became a pancake chef. He bought a Pannekoek House and became chief pancake flipper, while his family helped out too.


Julian Dicks was renowned during his playing days for his hardcore style in defence. He was a no nonsense kind of player – something which led to him receiving the nickname, The Terminator. A tough tackler with a poor disciplinary record, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Dick’s life after football wouldn’t be all that different. But he left all that aggression on the pitch and became a sweetheart when he hung up his boots in 2002. He’s an animal lover, so decided to spend his time taking care of dogs; he set up professional kennels when he retired, giving people a safe place to keep their beloved pooches. He also ran the Shepherd and Dog Public House in Langham, and he’s been keeping busy doing a bit of coaching too.