The former Aston Villa, Port Vale, Sheffield Wednesday and Derby County midfielder who guided Vila to victory over Leeds United in the 1996 League Cup Final is now an entrepreneur.
"Being an ex-player I fully understand there can be difficulties coming out of a profession that you've spent a lifetime in. Being an ambassador for XPRO enables me to help ex footballers that need assistance in their life after football, something I strongly believe in."
Former Arsenal and Everton and West Bromwich Albion striker scored 148 goals in his career and is still heavily involved in football with his innovative Pass2Pro Company which is an online platform for young footballers to showcase their talents to scouts worldwide.
"I chose to be an Ambassador for XPRO because I have always felt a duty of care to football in general as well as the next generation. XPRO are building to ensure the future will be better than the past. Being part of an organisation that can make a real difference in ex pros lives and help do the things that actually matter to them makes this commitment a no brainer!"
The former Manchester United and Newcastle United goal machine scored a staggering 229 goals in 509 matches and was capped for his country 15 times and won the unique treble of a Premier League title, FA Cup and UEFA Champions League honours.
“How can you expect a player who left school at 15 and went straight into football, who had everything done for him and was paid a fortune, to simply come out of it at the end and live a normal life? XPRO will help with the adjustment that needs to be made.”
The Stoke City and former West Ham United and Tottenham midfielder is an avid supporter of XPRO and has a keen understanding of life after football.
"Having experienced my own problems off the field during my career, I am extremely aware that despite being a professional sportsmen we are not void of our own personal issues. I was introduced to Geoff Scott of XPRO who gave me an insight into the excellent work that XPRO are doing with players, who for various reasons fall on hard times. I was asked if I would like to get involved as an Ambassador and I was delighted to accept. If I can pass on any of my experiences and help just one player it will be a worthwhile exercise."