What Ever Happened to… Olivier Bernard
Article Courtesy of James Amey (http://ourfootballview.wordpress.com/) Olivier Bernard is probably most famous in England for his time at Newcastle United but what is he doing now?
Bernard joined Newcastle in 2000 from french side Lyon and went on to be a fans favourite at St.James’ Park making 115 appearances. Bernard scored 5 Premier League goals during his time at Newcastle with probably his most famous goal coming against Arsenal at Highbury in 2003.
Bernard also made 128 crosses while at Newcastle at a rate of 1.11 crosses per game and assisted 5 goals at a rate of an assist every 23 games. Bernard kept 27 Premier League clean sheets, as well as making 27 blocks and 57 clearances.
Bernard then joined Southampton in 2005 after a dispute with his contract at Newcastle but only made 13 appearances before the Saints were relegated to the Championship. Bernard then had a brief spell with Rangers making 9 appearances before rejoining Newcastle in 2006.
Bernard failed to make a single appearance before being released by Sam Allardyce after a series of injuries and then retired from football due to a serious hip injury which he still suffers from.
He now works for Show Racism the Red Card (www.srtc.org) as a coach where he visits schools and provides children with fun football sessions in the North East of England. He also received a Show Racism the Red Card hall of fame award on the 16th October 2011 for all his hard work and being such a great ambassador for the campaign.
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