Former Manchester City football player Michael Johnson has teamed up with chef Chris Horridge (pictured) to launch his own fine-dining restaurant.
Johnson, 26, has launch a new business as director of NCompass Taverns and has won planning permission to open the company's first café bar and restaurant in Didsbury, according to the Manchester Evening News.
Horridge will create the menu and recruit staff for the venture.
Johnson left Manchester City two years ago after suffering a series of injuries throughout his career, as well as problems off the pitch during his career. In 2012, he was banned from driving for three years after being caught over the alcohol limit twice in three months.