Over the years many of us have seen managers come and managers go, some of them good and some of them not so good but each of them leaves a lasting memory. However, there are some players who during their playing career look as though they have all the makings of a top manager once they retire, but upon retirement decide that management just isn’t for them, leaving us all wondering what could of been.
Alan Hansen – Many have come to love or hate Hansen’s punditry on Match of the Day, but whether not or not you like him you have to admit that when it comes to football it seems that the former Scottish international would have had all the necessary tools to try his hand at management. Hansen had the opportunity move into management upon his retirement when he was widely linked with the Liverpool job, a club which saw him make over 400 appearances, when Graeme Souness in 1994, but he declined taking the position stating he was simply not interested in managing.
Had Hansen decided to take of the reigns at Liverpool it would have been interesting to see how his defensive, no nonsense style would have went down with the Liverpool players and most importantly how well the team would have performed on the pitch.
Eric Cantona – Undoubtedly seen as one of the best players to apply his trade in the Premier League scoring 64 goals in 144 appearances for Manchester United, dazzling crowds week in and week out in the process. However, when looking at the player from a managerial perspective would the Frenchman make a good boss?
It is no doubt that when he’s good he’s very good, putting his skills on show for the world to see, but some of his actions over the years have left many wondering whether Cantona has the temperament for management.
There has been strong suggestions that when Alex Ferguson decides to call time on his management career at Old Trafford, Cantona would be a candidate to take over the role. Despite having no previous experience, the 44 year old stated in 2008 that he would be interested in being part of the United coaching team, although it would not be while the Glazers were still running the club.
David Seaman – The former Arsenal and England goal keeper during his playing career was considered one of the best keepers in the world making a whole host of top notch performances, particularly a number of key games during the Euro 1996 campaign. For his domestic side Arsenal, Seaman is a player who has become loved by the fans at the Emirates and considered one of their best keepers of all time.
In terms of management, Seaman has never really expressed an opinion one way or another as to whether he wanted to move into management once his playing career was over, but would the 46 year old had made a good manager?
Seaman’s personality seems to suggest that he is an easy going, likeable person and although this would allow him to establish a good relationship with players, it remains to been seen whether he would have the football knowledge and aggression to be able to take control of a side and lead them to success.
Chris Waddle – Waddle is a player who both during and after his playing career has always been one to speak out on any issues which are going on in football. His time spend at both Newcastle and Tottenham were seen as successful periods for the striker, with Waddle becoming a fan favourite at both clubs.
While Waddle has built up a rather respectable career as a football pundit, now working for ESPN, his general personality gives the impression that the 49 year old would have performed well as a manager, making sure that players respected his presence and asking them to give it all on the pitch on a weekly basis.
Well that’s a few of the players who I think possibly could have had a future as a manager at some level in English football, but for a host of reasons decided it just wasn’t for them.
Please feel free to state who else you think would have made a good manager and maybe even some who should just not have bothered when they finished their careers.
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