In October 2008 Saunders replaced Brian Little as manager of Wrexham, with the club from north Wales now in the Conference following their relegation from the Football League earlier in the year. The responsibility of being a football club manager did not prevent Saunders from retaining his position with the national team. Although Wrexham's results were very poor towards the end of the 2008/09 season Saunders continued to be the Wrexham manager as the club attempted to regain its Football League status. The Welsh club finished in eleventh at the end of the 2009/10 season but a year later qualified for the end-of-season play-offs by finishing fourth. Wrexham were unfortunately knocked out by Luton Town, that had finished one place and three points above them after the regular season. In the last week of September 2011 Saunders was appointed manager of Championship club Doncaster Rovers. However, he was unable to save Rovers from relegation as they returned to League One after taking only 36 points from their 46 League fixtures. Having guided Rovers to second place in League One Saunders was confirmed as the new manager of championship's Wolverhampton Wanderers in January 2013.
Saunders failed to prevent Wolves sliding into League One at the end of the 2012/13 season and it therefore wasn't a major surprise when he was dismissed as manager three days after relegation was confirmed. Just after Christmas 2014 Saunders was named as the interim-manager of Crawley Town after the previous incumbent John Gregory stood down for health reasons. Saunders became manager of League One side Chesterfield on 13 May 2015. After four consecutive league defeats Chesterfield announced on 28 November 2015 that they had parted company with Saunders.
|1||West Ham United|
|1||West Ham United|
|1||England Premier League|
|Total||Goal minute period|
|50||13.04.1992||Portsmouth||Villa Park||FA Cup|
Match report from British Soccer Week on Liverpool - Swarovksi Tirol on 11.12.1991.
Match report from British Soccer Week on Swarovski Tirol - Liverpool on 27.11.1991.
Match report from British Soccer Week on Wimbledon - Liverpool on 23.11.1991.
Match report from British Soccer Week on West Ham - Liverpool on 17.11.1991.
Match report from British Soccer Week on Aston Villa - Liverpool on 19.09.1992.
"I'll always be grateful for winning the FA Cup with Liverpool, but their expectations were so high you always had the sense that nothing short of winning the title was really good enough. 'There was a slightly depressing atmosphere around the place, as if everyone knew they weren't quite matching up.
Graeme called me in one day and told me he needed a centre-half [Torben Piechnik], and that he could raise the money by selling me to Aston Villa. I couldn't believe he was prepared to let me go, but he said he didn't think my partnership with Ian Rush had worked out, and Rushy wouldn't be the one going anywhere. That was it."
Dean Saunders reflecting on LFC
Ron Atkinson Villa manager:
"There's no way they wanted to sell him. They let him go because I went in with the right offer at the right time."
Terry Yorath, Wales manager:
"You have to know your product. At Liverpool Dean has been going into areas where he can't score goals. Liverpool have always been known for playing good football, but if you haven't got the players available to play the ball at they right time then you're not going to get the best out of players like Dean and Ian Rush. Ron Atkinson is the right type of manager for Dean Saunders."
Saunders was perplexed: "I have mixed feelings about leaving Liverpool after only one full season. I thought I did quite well scoring 23 goals in 50-odd games and also winning an FA Cup medal."
Dean Saunders leaves Liverpool
|Club||Season||Club rank||League apps||League goals||Total apps||Total goals|
|Swansea City||1983-1984||England Second Division||19||3||20||3|
|Swansea City||1984-1985||England Third Division||30||9||35||9|
|Cardiff City||1984-1985||England Second Division||4||0||4||0|
|Brighton & Hove Albion||1985-1986||England Second Division||42||14||48||19|
|Brighton & Hove Albion||1986-1987||England Second Division||30||6||35||6|
|Oxford United||1986-1987||England First Division||12||6||12||6|
|Oxford United||1987-1988||England First Division||37||12||49||21|
|Oxford United||1988-1989||England Second Division||10||4||12||6|
|Derby||1988-1989||England First Division||30||14||36||15|
|Derby||1989-1990||England First Division||38||11||49||21|
|Derby||1990-1991||England First Division||38||17||46||21|
|Aston Villa||1992-1993||England Premier League||35||12||44||16|
|Aston Villa||1993-1994||England Premier League||38||10||52||16|
|Aston Villa||1994-1995||England Premier League||39||15||48||17|
|Nottingham Forest||1996-1997||England Premier League||34||3||39||5|
|Nottingham Forest||1997-1998||England First Division||8||2||11||4|
|Sheffield United||1997-1998||England First Division||24||10||32||14|
|Sheffield United||1998-1999||England First Division||19||7||23||10|
|Bradford City||1999-2000||England Premier League||34||3||38||6|
|Bradford City||2000-2001||England Premier League||10||0||18||0|