Dean Saunders told Soccer AM he is looking to return to football management

Rugby star Ben Foden talks bizarre nickname and marrying a Saturday

Last Updated: 13/04/14 9:11am

Dean Saunders told Soccer AM how time away from football management has done wonders for his waistline and his mood.

Saunders was sacked by Wolves in May 2013 after just 20 games in charge following the side's relegation into League One, and has since acted as a pundit for Sky Sports.

The former Wales and Aston Villa striker says he no longer has to deal with being handed regular snacks and getting incredibly down when the side he has been managing suffers defeat.

"I don't regret going to Wolves as it is a great club with great supporters and great history."

Dean Saunders

But he remains determined to return to the dugout when the right opportunity crops up.

"When you are the manager people tend to make you cups of tea and give you biscuits - so that has all stopped since I've been sacked and I'm looking well!" said Saunders.

"Management consumes you and when I lose I'm so devastated I can't speak which means I have to go straight to bed and I only come around on Sunday teatime.

"But I am not going to let my sacking at Wolves knock me sideways.

"I don't regret going there as it is a great club, with great supports and great history - but I had three-and-a-half months there and I don't care what job you do you can't do it in three-and-a-half months.

"So I am looking to get back."


England and Northampton rugby star Ben Foden joined Saunders on the Soccer AM sofa - a day after he had enjoyed watching horse racing at Aintree - and explained why he is known as 'Pop Idol' amongst his team-mates, and how he pulled Saturdays singer Una.

"When I was 18, fresh out of school and had my first day training, I phoned up and said I was ill, before taking a little detour and going to audition for a little show called Pop Idol," said Foden, who can play at full-back, scrum-half and on the wing.

"I sang Otis Redding's (Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay and that got me through, though I never went back because I got stitched up by mate, had to sing in front of all the lads and was heckled.

"I took that as a sign that a future as a pop star was a no-go."

On his songstress wife, Foden added: "Someone from my agency knew someone from her agency and I said to my agent in a jokey way that I fancied the redhead from the Saturdays.

"He said he could make it happen - even though he is usually full of it - but I got a message with her number and called it - though I waited a day and a half to play it cool and left a voice message.

"She called me straight back and I sat on and listened to her speak for 40 minutes and the rest is history."