John Salako

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John Salako
Personal information
Full nameJohn Akin Salako [1]
Date of birth (1969-02-11) 11 February 1969 (age 50)
Place of birth Ibadan, Nigeria
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Westerha Reds
Westerham FC
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1986–1995 Crystal Palace 215 (22)
1989Swansea City (loan) 13 (3)
1995–1998 Coventry City 72 (4)
1998Bolton Wanderers (loan) 7 (0)
1998–1999 Fulham 10 (1)
1999–2001 Charlton Athletic 47 (2)
2001–2004 Reading 111 (13)
2004–2005 Brentford 35 (4)
Total510(49)
National team
1991 England 5 (0)
Teams managed
2009– Crystal Palace (U16s)
2015–2016 Crystal Palace (1st Team Coach)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

John Akin Salako (born 11 February 1969) is an English former professional footballer, sports television pundit. Salako was first team coach of Premier League side Crystal Palace for the 2015–16 season.

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Born in Nigeria, Salako played as a Midfielder from 1986 until 2005, he notably played in the Premier League for Crystal Palace, Coventry City, Bolton Wanderers and Charlton Athletic, in the Football League for Swansea City, Fulham, Reading and Brentford. He represented England at senior level, earning five caps, all during 1991 while he was a Crystal Palace player. [2]

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Playing career

A fast and imaginative player, Salako began his career at Crystal Palace in the mid 1980s, and was their regular left winger by the time they won promotion to the First Division in 1989. He was also in the side for the 1990 FA Cup Final, picking up a runners-up medal after they drew 3–3 with Manchester United before losing the replay 1–0. [3] A year later, he helped Palace finish third in the league. Late in the 1990–91 season, he memorably scored twice for Palace in their 3–0 home win over Manchester United in the league.

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However, a serious knee injury suffered in a league match against Leeds United ruled him out until the following season, when Palace were founder members of the FA Premier League but finished the season relegated, with Salako often being positioned as a centre forward alongside Chris Armstrong after the sale of Ian Wright and Mark Bright. Salako helped them get straight back up, but they went down again the following season despite reaching the semi-finals of both cups.

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Salako left Palace in the summer of 1995, signing for Coventry City. [4] He spent three seasons at Coventry, spending a brief period on loan at Bolton Wanderers, before signing for Fulham in Division Two. At Fulham he scored twice, once in the league against Macclesfield, [5] and again in the League Cup against Cardiff City. [6] [7] After Fulham he played for Charlton Athletic and Reading, before ending his career at Brentford. [4]

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Coaching career

He has coached Crystal Palace under 16 team, working with former teammate Bright. [8] On 8 August 2015, he was announced as Crystal Palace first team coach. [9] In 2005, Salako was voted into Palace's Centenary XI.

Media career

Salako now works as a matchday correspondent on Sky Sports. [10]

Personal life

As a teenager, he lived in Westerham, Kent and was a student at The Wildernesse School in Sevenoaks, where he played competitive football alongside future Yorkshire business tycoon.[ clarification needed ] He is the brother of footballer Andy Salako. He is a regulatory affairs specialist, spending the majority of his time authoring module 3 documentation in a freelance consultancy capacity. He is also Ambassador for the Pitch DMM football app.

Honours

As a player

Crystal Palace

Fulham

Charlton Athletic

Reading

As an individual

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