Now we all know that the management game isn’t for everyone, Terry Connor serves as the latest example that even years and years of footballing experiencing doesn’t necessarily provided the credentials for managerial success.
Arguably the biggest demographic of the footballing management world to sadly sink once given the top job is the category of former players.
Here’s five of the worst offenders when it comes to players misjudging their potential as managers:
Ray Wilkins – Long before the former Chelsea and Manchester United midfielder was preaching the virtues of staying on your feet during Champions league games, he disastrously turned his hand at management. Wilkins lead another of his former clubs QPR to unexpected relegation.
The sale of Les Ferdinand in 1995 saw QPR fall from an 8th place finish a season earlier to a swift exit through the Premiership’s’s trap door, as Wilkins seemed clueless to replace the goals lost with the sale of Ferdinand. If people wished to blame the selling culture for Wilkins failure at QPR this is certainly not a defence that could be used in relation to Wilkins time at Fulham, despite rich backing from Mohammad Al-fayed Wilkins was unable to guide the cottagers to the Premier league.
Brian Kidd – Another former Old Trafford favourite has more than earned his place on this list. Kidd began his management career where, to put it politely, he failed to set the world alight at Barrow and Preston North End. This lead to Kidd taking a step down from the front line management role to take the position as Sir Alex Ferguson’s number two.
Following a less than pleasant split Kidd looked to take the wisdom that was on offer from one of the games greatest ever manager to the top job at Blackburn. However he failed miserably. Kidd lead Rovers to relegation just four short years after Jack Walker’s men were crowned the best side in the country, meaning Kidd more than merits his place in this list.
Ruud Gullit – While he may have offered us all a cheeky smile with his determination to play “sexy football” during his time at St James’ Park, there was certainly nothing sexy about his arguments with Rob Lee and Alan Shearer and the run of results that lead him to resign five games into the 1999-2000 season. Recent failures at LA Galaxy and Terek Grozny demonstrated his inability to adapt to management.
Gullit’s most recent attempt at management seemed more a forlorn attempt to reinvigorate his celebrity status and party lifestyle rather than a search for success.
John Barnes – Where to start, a man who managed his team to the stuff of headliners writers dreams when his Celtic team famously crashed out of the Scottish Cup at the hands of lowly Inverness CT.
If anybody wondered whether a spell at the helm of the Jamaican national team had lead to a dramatic improvement in the former Liverpool Winger’s management ability then you only need look at his brief spell at Tranmere Rovers. Just 3 wins come October saw Barnes heading for the exit door, he hasn’t found anybody willing to offer him another management gig since.
Tony Adams – A terrible stint at Wycombe was dismissed by some as Adams dealing with a group of players unable to meet the expectations of a Premiership stalwart, however his stint at Portsmouth went to prove that in fact Adams is simply an awful manager. 22 games in the Fratton Park hot seat saw Adams gain just 4 wins for Pompey.
Brownie points for anybody who can name the last team Adams lead to mediocrity, of course it was Gabala FC of Azerbaijani. Even they eventually deemed Adams sub standard.