Christopher Roland "Chris" Waddle (born 14 December 1960) is an English former professional football player and manager, and current commentator and pundit. He still plays at semi-professional level for Northern Counties East League side Hallam, as well as being contracted to ESPN as part of their commentary team.
During his professional career that lasted from 1978 to 1998, he played as a midfielder for several clubs in England, including Newcastle United, Tottenham Hotspur and Sheffield Wednesday, and Olympique de Marseille in France. Waddle earned 62 caps for the England national football team between 1985 and 1991, and was a member of England's squads for the 1986 FIFA World Cup, UEFA Euro 1988, and the 1990 FIFA World Cup. He famously missed the decisive penalty in England's World Cup 1990 semi-final shootout defeat against West Germany. Having left Sheffield Wednesday and the Premier League in 1996, he had a brief stint with Scottish Premier League side Falkirk. He returned to England with Football League sides Bradford City and then in the Premier League with Sunderland. In 1997 he became player/manager of Burnley but having failed to gain promotion from Division Two, he quit and joined Division Three side Torquay United as a full-time player. His time at United didn't last very long and he decided to retire from professional football. In 2000 he came out of retirement by signing for semi-professional side Worksop Town of the Northern Premier League, where he remained for two years and also helped out on the club's coaching side. Having left Worksop in 2002, he moved further on down the football ladder by having brief stints with both Glapwell and Stocksbridge Park Steels before officially hanging his boots up in 2002.
Despite spending the 1997–98 season as a manager Waddle never returned to the coaching side of the game following his retirement and became a TV football pundit, commentator and sports newspaper writer. He previously worked for Setanta Sports and currently works as a co-commentator for ESPN's Premier League football coverage, and for BBC 5 Live. In 2013 after playing amateur football in the Sheffield area he came out of retirement for a second time by signing for Hallam at the age of 52.Close