Former Premier League hotshot now runs stunning bed and breakfast in York

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When his playing days came to an end aged 35, former Sunderland icon Marco Gabbiadini was faced with a dilemma.

Football was all he'd ever known, but he didn't fancy a spending the rest of his life standing on the touchline barking orders.

Despite completing his coaching badges, the former striker opted for a change of scenery and opened a bed and breakfast with his wife Deborah – and hasn't looked back.

18 years on and the Bishop's Hotel is recognised as one of the best guest houses in the tourist city of York.

"It's just like running a big family," he told The Sun in 2018.

"The hardest thing is you've got to be flexible. We get up really early in the morning and you can still be waiting for people to check in at 11pm at night.

"You always have to have your shoes on, you always have to be smart. We do have staff, but we live on site."

Far from the luxurious lifestyle of a football where everything is done for you, Gabbiadini says he's had to get down and dirty with all manner of jobs since his career switch.

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"You have to be prepared for anything. I cook breakfast some days and I'll do some of the handyman stuff, like bleeding radiators or fixing toilets.

"I can do most things – plumbing, painting and decorating, but we will also get the professionals in too."

The 53-year-old says he keeps a keen eye on TripAdvisor, which can easily make-or-break any business, despite the fact The Bishop scores an impressive four out of five stars from thousands of reviews.

"It's bit like a footballer saying they don't read the sports pages in the paper," he joked. "When you're a guest house owner, you DO read the TripAdvisor reviews!

"But it's Deborah's job to reply to everyone, she's the diplomat in the house."

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