Random 1990s Footballer Tuesday: #13 Michel Vonk
Name: Michel Vonk
In his 1990s prime for: Manchester City and Sheffield United
Lowdown: Michel Vonk, a Dutch centre back, joined Manchester City during the summer before the inaugural Premier League season for a fee of £500,000 from AZ Alkmaar, becoming one of only eleven foreigners to appear on the first day off the new Premier League. Regarded as something of a hard man, the defender played almost 100 league games for City over three seasons, before upsetting the club by criticising manager Brian Horton in the News of the World newspaper.
New manager Alan Ball then sold Vonk to Oldham Athletic for £350,000, but played just five times for the Latics before moving to Sheffield United, where he played 37 times over an injury-hit three year period, returning to play for Maastricht before retiring in 1998.
After retiring, Vonk coached a PSV youth team before coming Assistant Manager at Sparta Rotterdam.
Now: Appointed Head Coach at Sparta for this season. After the club finished ninth in the Dutch second tier last season, Vonk has led them to a current fifth place in the table.