The Manchester City cult hero who became a used-car salesman

Manchester City fans have grown accustomed to being represented by some of the Premier League’s best players.

But not so long ago they would be cheering on players like Kevin Horlock, Andy Morrison and Jeff Whitley.

Whitley joined City as a 10-year-old, and broke into the club’s first team as a teenager. He played 20 times for Northern Ireland, and managed to win promotion with City twice in his time at the club.

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In a varied career, Whitley also spent time at Sunderland, Cardiff City and Wrexham.

But after his retirement in 2010, he opted to leave football behind altogether. Instead of going into coaching or media, Whitley became a used-car salesman in Stockport.

After years of running the car dealership, the Manchester Evening News reported in 2015 that Whitley was making his way back into the beautiful game, and had his UEFA B licence to become a qualified coach.

Whitley struggled with alcohol and drug addiction during his youth, but is on the straight and narrow these days, and occasionally delivers talks on the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse in young footballers.

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