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5 Great Players Who Couldn’t Manage For Toffee

Another Liverpool defeat at the hands of Stoke City saw them slide out of the top ten. Roy Hodgson’s position is continually being placed under threat and rumours are pointing towards a re-union with club legend Kenny Dalglish. He is a huge favourite among the Kop fans and has been very successful as a player and a manager at the club.

Many legendary players have gone into management and never translated their talents on the pitch into managerial success.  After experiencing life at the highest level in the best leagues in Europe, on the world stage and becoming fans favourites, you would think this would prepare them for life as a boss. In many cases it hasn’t worked out, here are my top 5.

Diego Maradona

Arguably the greatest footballer of all time, Maradona has struggled with life as a manager thus far. After a couple of brief spells in his homeland, he took on the job as Argentina’s national coach. With the likes of Lionel Messi, Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano at the helm, he had a great platform to make his mark.

However his tenure started badly as Argentina as they left it late and had to win their final two games to qualify for the World Cup. Also along the way they suffered a 6-1 drubbing at the hands of Bolivia, equalling the worst result in their history. With the squad they had, many were placing them in the same category as Spain, England and Brazil as the favourites to win the World Cup. Things didn’t go to plan for him and his country as they were knocked out after losing 4-1 to Germany in the Quarter Final. Just weeks later, Diego Maradona was sacked as manager.

John Barnes

An exceptional player in his day but his performances as a manager have been disastrous to say the least. The England legend took on his first job was at Celtic for the 99/00 season where he was sacked mid-way through the season after a string of poor results. He then managed Jamaica for a short while before taking the Tranmere Rovers post where three wins in his first fourteen games were not enough to save him from another dismissal.

Osvaldo Ardiles

A member of Argentina’s 1878 World Cup winning team, “Ossie”  became a fans’ favourite wherever he went. Most British fans will remember him playing at Tottenham who he later went on to manage in 1994. There was no doubting his footballing ability but his reputation as a manager is very “unorthodox”. He has managed fourteen teams in the space of 20 years and his year-long spell at Spurs created many headlines. He played with five forwards at the same time, spending vast amounts on quality attacking players but defensively they struggled and this was pivotal as he was sacked after sitting in the bottom-half of the league. He also managed Swindon, West Brom and Newcastle where he struggled to prove himself.

Graeme Souness

There is no doubting him as a player. He struck fear into the opposition but as a manager especially after his successful spell at Rangers he has a “shocking” record. Some Liverpool fans in particular blame him for their downfall in the early 9o’s after his three years at the club turned them from a dominant club who were seen as the best in the business to an average team not challenging for the major honours as they should have been. He also managed Blackburn, Galatasaray, Benfica and Newcastle. His managerial career has spanned over 20 seasons where he has experienced many sackings.

Alan Shearer

One of the greatest goal-scorers in football history with Blackburn, Southampton and Newcastle, Shearer is a true footballing legend. He has only had one short time in management of his beloved Newcastle in a bid to save them from relegation. Risking his reputation, he took on the role and was hugely disappointing. He only picked up five points in 24 including just one win. Newcastle were relegated to the championship where Chris Hughton took over full-time and has made a couple of new aquisitions and let some go. Newcastle are now in the top eight of the premier league with a squad not too dissimilar to what Shearer had.

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