FORMER ENGLAND & PREMIERSHIP FOOTBALL PLAYER | FOOTBALL MANAGER | TV PUNDIT
Chris grew up in Middlesbrough and served in the Royal Navy before taking his first professional football position at Portsmouth FC in 1975. He spent two years at Portsmouth before moving to Swindon Town. Chris’ 20-year footballing career took him to 11 sides, the highlight of which was being part of the 1989/90 Championship winning Leeds United team – then managed by Howard Wilkinson.
Having completed his playing career, Chris went into management with Bradford City gaining promotion into the First Division. Most of the side which was assembled by Chris then went onto secure promotion to the Premiership.
Chris has more recently become involved in footballing punditry and has a dedicated following on Sky Sports’ Goals on Sunday. Chris’ appearances on Sky Sports’ Soccer Saturday with Jeff Stelling have fast become a must-see. Chris is perhaps is best known for his hard-hitting, often light-hearted analysis of Premier League action from the gantry, making him a household name. He’s also won over legions of fans with his irreverent pre-match lives on Soccer AM.
Most recently, Chris has featured in the successful Ladbroke’s advertising campaign and is a regular columnist for The Sun. As well as being an Ambassador for Marie Curie Cancer Care, Chris became an Ambassador of the Special Olympics Great Britain and was also one of the runners of the Olympic torch in Doncaster. Chris’ charisma and sense of humour is infectious; he’s known in the industry as a guy who works exceedingly hard and is always ready with a winning smile.
Chris now hosts ITV’s Saturday night prime time show Ninja Warrior.
Chris works with Sport Endorse in conjunction with Simon Dent Mgt.