Paul Merson


A leading football speaker, Paul Merson is undoubtedly one of the characters of football, enjoying a successful professional football career as well as turning his hand to managerial and punditry work.

An ideal football speaker for events, Paul describes the drive and determination needed to perform at a high level consistently, combined with the ability to perform under the pressure of the media and fans. Playing for highly successful clubs has given Paul the insight into life at the top, allowing him to deliver intriguing talks as a football speaker.

Beginning his career at Arsenal in 1984 as an apprentice, Paul made his debut for the side in 1986 against Manchester City, before becoming a permanent figure on the team towards the late eighties. The attacking midfielder played for Arsenal 423 times in total, scoring 99 goals in all competitions before moving to Middlesborough for a record £5 million pound fee.

Paul first played for his national side in 1991, playing in a friendly against Germany. Also playing in the 1992 Euro Championship, 1994 World Cup and 1998 World Cup, Merson racked up 21 caps for his country, scoring on three occasions. He played a pivotal part in a team that had one of the most successful runs for England in the modern era of the sport.

Since retiring from professional play in 2006, Paul has made his mark as a memorable and well liked TV pundit. Appearing on Sky Sports, where he is part of the panel for Soccer Saturday and on the program ‘Fantasy Football Club’, Paul is an instantly recognisable face for fans. In addition to TV reporting, Paul has also dabbled in writing, mainly articles for the Arsenal FC magazine and the Daily Star’s ‘Seriously Football’ section. In 2019, Paul was praised for his candid discussion on ITVs Harry’s Heroes: The Full English, as he opened up about overcoming addiction.

An amazing sports speaker, Paul ensures the whole audience feel a part of his journey in professional football and enjoys engaging with the crowd and putting his punditry work to use during talks about the game. Offering his insightful views and opinions, Paul is sure to spark up debate and guarantee an interesting evening for guests.

To book Paul for your event, simply contact the Champions Speakers agency using the contact details below.

When at corporate events, Paul is known to cover the following topics:

  • Football Speaker
  • The Premier League
  • EFL Championship
  • Punditry & Commentary
  • Sports Speaker
  • Drive & Determination
  • Peak Performance
  • Overcoming Adversity

“Paul Merson was a great guest speaker for our event. He had loads of great stories from his career and had the audience laughing throughout. He also stuck around at the end to answer questions and take photos with fans.” – James, Aleteryx

“The event was a success and Paul was very good with no issues. All was on time and Paul was happy to stay slightly later to finish off the photos etc. Everything from yourself was fine also.”Jonny Walker, Legacy Leisure