Viv Anderson: How to gracefully fall off a cliff

Host: Josh Schneider Weiler Guest: Viv Anderson
This Football Life
January 7, 2018

Our guest today is ex-player Viv Anderson. Anderson made more than 600 appearances for the likes of Nottingham Forest, Arsenal and Manchester United. With Nottingham Forest he won back to back European Cups in 1979 & 1980.

In 1978, Anderson became famous for being the first back player to represent England, ending up with 30 caps. At the end of his playing career he became a player-manager with Barnsley before becoming an assistant manager under Bryan Robson for the next 7 years.

In 2004 he was inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame. Currently he runs a company called PlayOn which helps athletes ease into retirement.

I’m really interested in how athletes retire from playing and transition in life. This was the primary reason I wanted to talk to Viv. How do you go from top of your profession to having to do a new career entirely? Can you imagine you were forced to change careers at the age of 30 or 35, with little or no notice? We also spoke about his first England cap, his time as a youth player at Nottingham Forest, the struggles athletes face when they retire and his European adventures with Brian Clough.


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