Being a legendary player isn’t the secret sauce to becoming a great manager and some former players know what we’re talking about.
It is always heartwarming to see former players become coaches. However, the path is riddled with many
pitfalls and sad stories that would make go to the furthest corner of your room and sob silently.
Many players in the past have tried their hands on management and have failed miserably. The ratio of former players becoming successful 3 or a Clarence Seedorf.
Clearly it is not easy to be a football manager just because you were a great player in the past.
Here we take a look at five former players who for some odd reason, believed that they could become great coaches and were in for a rude awakening.
7 Super Star footballers that flopped as a coach
Marco Van Basten
Marco van Basten had a penchant for scoring magnificent goals in a distinguished career with Ajax, Milan and Netherlands.
The Dutch legend won three Eredivisie titles with the Amsterdam side before cementing his legacy at San Siro where he lifted four Scudetti and three European Cups.
However, the 56-year-old never really came close to winning any major honours as coach of the Netherlands and clashed with a number of the old guard, including Ruud van Nistelrooy.
Oranje were ousted in the second round of the 2006 World Cup before exiting Euro 2008 at the quarter-final stage. Van Basten then took over at the Amsterdam ArenA but lasted only one season as Ajax finished 12 points behind champions AZ.
Hristo Stoichkov was known for his bad temper but his sweet left foot made his tirades on the field of play seem trivial.
The 54-year-old starred for Bulgaria and was the joint top scorer at the 1994 World Cup during their captivating run to the semi-finals. Stoichkov was no slouch on the club scene either winning five Liga crowns and a European Cup with Barcelona.
However, he has not come closing to matching his achievements as a player when he entered the managerial fray, infamously declaring: “I don’t believe in tactics”, and clashing with many of his players.
He first failed to guide Bulgaria to the 2006 World Cup and Euro 2008 and followed that up with a disastrous short stint at Celta Vigo that saw the club relegated.
The Englishman is an Arsenal legend and was a leader on the pitch. It was perhaps this reason that led him into believing that he could become a successful manager.
His first stint as a manager was in the League One with Wycombe Wanderers and the former Gunner oversaw the club’s relegation to English League Two. Portsmouth called and after 16 games it was over.
But that wasn’t it. Eager to prove a point, Adams took over Granada in Spain. With just seven games left, the Spanish outfit had a chance to avoid relegation. However, with the relegation expert in the dugout, they did get relegated after an 8-year stay in La Liga.
Alan Shearer would go down in the history books as one of the greatest players to every play in England and for Newcastle United. However, he is one of many former players who failed as managers.
In 2009, when the Magpies were fighting for survival, Shearer was given the chance to guide the club to safety. However, the Toon did get relegated and Shearer never returned to football management after that.
Roy Keane was an uncompromising midfielder who was just as comfortable ruffling his team-mates’ feathers as he was his opponents.
The Irishman won seven Premier League titles and a Champions League crown during his successful 12-year spell at Old Trafford.
The 49-year-old was touted as Alex Ferguson’s heir apparent when he hung up his boots and an apprenticeship at Sunderland got off to a promising start before he resigned in his second season on the job.
He then took the reins at Ipswich Town but the squad were not able to challenge for the promotion places and he was sacked in the middle of his second term.
Diego Maradona is arguably the best player to ever grace a football field following a glittering career for both club and country.
The controversial attacker led Napoli to two Scudetti and a Uefa Cup during his time in Italy and is still considered a hero by the Partenopei faithful. He is equally adored in Argentina after leading the Albiceleste to World Cup glory in 1986.
However, the diminutive dynamo has not been able to celebrate any kind of success as a manager after his amateur tactics were exposed in the 4-0 drubbing at the hands of Germany when he was in charge of Argentina in the 2010 World Cup.
After his departure from the national team, Maradona tried his luck in the United Arab Emirates with Al Wasl but once again the 59-year-old was unable to produce enough satisfying results and was sacked.
Bobby Charlton enjoyed a magnificent career with Manchester United and is universally recognized as the best English player of all time.
The prolific goalscorer won three league titles, one European Cup and England’s first and only World Cup in 1966 among a plethora of club and personal honours.
Charlton had scored more goals for Manchester United and the Three Lions than any other player before Wayne Rooney overtook the record and is still revered by many fans to this day.
However, his incursion into management was a complete bust as Preston North End were relegated under his watch and he left the club early the next season.