All About Garry Flitcroft: Where Is He Now?

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An English football manager and former midfielder, Garry Flitcroft is a name familiar to fans of the beautiful game. Flitcroft played for Manchester City for four seasons in the Premier League between 1991 and 2006, and he was named the club’s Player of the Year in his second season as a professional player.

Garry Flitcroft And His Football Career

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Blackburn Rovers

Garry Flitcroft spent the next decade (from 1996 to 2006) at Blackburn Rovers, eight of which were spent in the Premier League. During that time, they reached the final of the 2001-02 Football League Cup.

He made a brief appearance in the Football League, first on loan to Bury and then permanently with Sheffield United. He earned 10 U21 England caps, during which time he scored three goals.

Garry Flitcroft Blackburn

With two promotions in five years as manager of Chorley, he led the club to the Conference North. He first took over as manager of Leigh Genesis in 2009 and then moved on to that position the following year. Through the junior system of Manchester City, he earned 116 Premier League matches and 13 goals during his professional career.

He was only in his second year of college football when he was named the 1992–1993 City Player of the Year.  Premier League champions Blackburn Rovers paid £3.5 million to acquire him in March 1996, but he was immediately suspended for the team’s 3-0 loss to Everton on his debut.

Premier League Playing Career

Season Club Apps (Subs) Goals
2005/2006 Blackburn Rovers 2 (0) 0
2004/2005 19 (0) 0
2003/2004 31 (0) 3
2002/2003 33 (0) 2
2001/2002 29 (0) 1
1998/1999 8 (0) 2
1997/1998 33 (0) 0
1996/1997 28 (0) 3
1995/1996 3 (0) 0
1995/1996 Manchester City 25 (0) 0
1994/1995 37 (0) 5
1993/1994 21 (0) 3
1992/1993 32 (0) 5

Managerial Career

Garry Flitcroft as manager

After being demoted to Division One in 1999, Rovers’ new manager, Graeme Souness named Flitcroft captain in preparation for the 2000–01 season, during which Rovers won promotion back to the Premier League.

Despite missing Blackburn’s 2001–02 League Cup victory due to suspension, Flitcroft nonetheless lifted the trophy with match captain Henning Berg. It was reported on 23 March 2009 that he would succeed Lee Merricks as manager of Northern Premier League club Leigh Genesis. This occurred at the same time as word that the team had relocated to the new Leigh Sports Village stadium.

Flitcroft left Leigh Genesis for their rivals, Chorley F.C., in May of 2010 after declaring to the public that he and several of his players had not been paid at Leigh for some time. While at Chorley, he achieved great success, leading the team to two promotions (playoff winners in Northern Premier League Division One in 2010–11 and Premier Division champions in 2013–14).

Within a season, Garry Flitcroft had Chorley in fourth place in the Conference North, however they ultimately fell to Guiseley, 3-2, in the Play Off Final at home. Matt Jansen, who had been working as Flitcroft’s assistant, was promoted to replace him on July 2, 2015.

Personal Life

Personal Life

Garry Flitcroft Wife

David Flitcroft, Flitcroft’s brother, also played midfield in the lower leagues but is currently Port Vale’s Director of Football. Flitcroft met his future wife, Karen, at Turton High School, and the two eventually tied the knot.

Flitcroft’s extramarital activities included having an affair with a nursery nurse and another with a lap dancer while he was still married. Flitcroft obtained a High Court injunction prohibiting media coverage of the affairs after the press began investigating following a quarrel with one of the women.

There was a lengthy legal battle to prevent Flitcroft from being named, but the injunction was finally lifted during the 2001-02 season. It was announced in September 2011 that he would be a “Core participant” in the Leveson Inquiry into the News International phone hacking incident.

In 2019, he stood trial for a legal issue involving his timber frame business, Flitcraft, which he co-owns with his son Thomas. By September of 2020, he had triumphed in court against a competitor.

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Where Is Garry Flitcroft Now?

Garry Flitcroft and Matt Jansen were responsible for the Man. City’s meteoric rise through the divisions to the Conference North, however, he stepped down as manager in 2015 to focus on his family and career.

His initial signing bonus with Manchester City allowed him to purchase four homes, and he continued to amass real estate investments until he had enough to launch an eco-friendly timber frame construction company.

The business went bankrupt in early 2017, but he purchased it out of administration in May of that year so it could resume operations. The business has flourished since then, and its construction crews can now be found all over Europe. Former teammate David Dunn has also joined the firm as a consultant, thus he now works with him.

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