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Club Legends, where are they now?

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Dennis Wise

The ex-Chelsea and Wimbledon hardman moved onto pastures new after his time at the Bridge came to an end. After 19 Leicester City games, he was sacked for breaking a teammates jaw, and then went onto reach an FA Cup final with unfancied Millwall. A spell at Southampton and a player-manager role at Coventry City followed, before leaving for a full time role at Swindon. Leeds United were his last managerial club, who he relegated, before a questionable executive role at Newcastle. The last that was heard of him, he was being sued by his best man.

Ray Parlour- 

Ray Parlour was a hero amongst Arsenal fans, whether it be for his 30 yard screamer in the 2002 FA Cup Final, or his floppy blonde hair. The "Romford Pele" made 339 appearances in a Gunners shirt before leaving the club for Middlesbrough in 2004, where he reached a UEFA Cup Final. A short spell three years later at Hull brought his career to a close, although he did sign on for Wembley FC for their 2012/13 FA Cup campaign, along with legends such as Martin Keown and Ugo Ehiogu. Outside of the game, in 2004 Parlour was forced to give his ex-wife £406,500 per year for four years thanks to a legal ruling. Ouch. He is now a TalkSport pundit, and co-owns a pub in Essex. 

Robbie Fowler-

"God" as Liverpool fans referred to him, was a Liverpool legend, as the nickname suggests. In two spells with the club, the England international scored 128 goals, and was a member of the infamous "Spice Boys" of Liverpool. Fowler moved onto Leeds in 2001 where he didn't flourish, before a better spell at Manchester City. He returned to Anfield in 2006, before spells at a number of clubs, both in England and Australia. He hoped to sign for Blackpool in 2012, but their offer of £100 a week fell slightly short of his expectations. He caused controversy in 2011 when he took part in a game against Chechen dictator Ramzan Kadyrov, and is now a pundit. 

Ali Dia

Ali Dia is perhaps the strangest footballer to ever appear in the Premier League. Dia signed for Southampton in 1996, after a roundly uneventful career in the French lower divisions. However, Graham Souness took a punt on the Senegalse man, who at the time was appearing for Blyth Spartans, thanks to a hoax phone call. Dia got his friend to ring Souness and pretend he was footballing great, George Weah. The problem is, Souness believed this and on the back of such a legends approval, went on to sign Dia without seeing him kick a ball. In fact he went even further, and actually played him in a league match! Dia's debut came in the 32nd minute and finished in the 53rd after Souness realised he had been stitched up. A short spell with Gateshead followed, before he quit the sport altogether and did a business degree at Northumbria University. Nobody knows where he is now, but if your manager reveals he's been in contact with George Weah, be wary.

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