Graeme Le Saux

Retired England, Southampton and Chelsea left-back footballer

About

Graeme Le Saux is a former England international footballer who played most of his career as a left-back, though his football pace and skill enabled him to move into a left sided midfield role when required. Graeme made his England debut in a 1994 friendly against Denmark going on to represent his country 36 times. The highlight of his England career was representing his country in the 1998 football World Cup.

Graeme started his career at St Paul's (Jersey) and moved to Chelsea football club in 1987. In 1993 he switched to Blackburn Rovers where he won the 1995 Premier League title with Blackburn. In August 1997 Graeme became the most expensive defender in English football when he returned to Chelsea football club in a £5 million deal.

Graeme remained there for six seasons before moving to Southampton football club. Graeme played at St. Mary's for two seasons announcing his retirement in May 2005 following Southampton's relegation.

Since retiring from football, Graeme has enjoyed punditry and commentary roles on TV and Radio. He has also moved into non sport formats presenting on programmes such as BBC2's 'Working Lunch' where he has the chance to further develop his knowledge and interest in financial and business affairs.

More recently Graeme's compassionate nature took centre stage when he took part in the ITV series 'Extinct', travelling to Rwanda to highlight the plight of mountain gorillas.

On the corporate keynote speaking circuit, Graeme Le Saux has become hugely successful delivering his ‘Business of Football’ presentation. He offers an enlightening insight into the workings of a successful club seen through the eyes of one of the UK’s brightest players.

His rise from a small Channel Island Club to top Premiership level football certainly didn’t happen without bags of dedication and focus. Perhaps some of his most valuable and adaptable lessons came during his time at Blackburn, where the team was transformed from an under achieving squad to a Premiership winning club.

The intricacies of this transformation stayed with Graeme and he uses this knowledge to provide concise and adaptable tools for the business market.

Graeme was previously involved in visiting Delhi to promote business, tourism, culture and sporting links between London and India and has been an outspoken activist for greater support for LGBT people in sport.

Speech Topics

A sought-after and professional football speaker, available for motivational keynote speeches and also more light-hearted and entertaining after dinner engagements, Graeme Le Saux is articulate, intelligent, motivational and entertaining... all in equal measure.

The perfect after dinner speaker, guaranteed to entertain audiences with anedotes and stories from his hugely successful playing career.

In keynote speeches, Graeme talks about the real “business of football”; lessons he has learnt from his early days on the pitch right through his impressive career.

Widely accepted as one of the UK’s most intellectual footballers —he was often taunted by fans and players alike for being too clever, having the audacity to read The Guardian and and visiting museums in his spare time — Graeme is highly articulate at transferring the skill set acquired and experience gained in football to that of the corporate world.

In presentations he covers topics such as
achieving success, leadership, resilience, decision making under pressure and team work. He dissects and examines the intricacies of a successful team and adapts what he has uncovered into effective business tools. He is friendly, warm, charismatic and extremely down-to-earth.

An erudite and captivating speaker, Graeme Le Saux will hold any audience’s attention and have them hanging on his every word.

Books and DVDs

Clients often ask about purchasing books for giveaways and delegate packs. Below you’ll find a selection of products by Graeme Le Saux. Click the images to view on Amazon's website. For bulk orders, please speak with your Booking Agent.

How to book Graeme Le Saux for your event

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