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5 great footballers who made terrible managers

Legendary footballers don’t always make great managers…Find out which former great players who went to become horrible managers in this article.

5.Roy Keane
During his prime, Keane won 19 major trophies, 17 of which came while he was playing for Manchester United. Keane has an 18-year experience playing for Ramblers, Nottingham Forest and Manchester United, before ending his career at Celtic. One might think that the amount of experience should be enough to manage a football team, right? Keane was appointed as manager of Sunderland and was responsible for helping the club to get into Premier League from the Championship earning himself a title of ‘Championship Manager of the Year’. Since then, his career spiralled downwards.


4.Tony Adams

Adams spent his entire playing career of 22 years at Arsenal. He won four top-flight division titles, uniquely captaining a title-winning team in three different decades, three FA Cups, two Football League Cups and a UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup! After retirement, Adams went into football management and became the manager of Wycombe Wanderers in November 2003 but was unable to prevent the club’s relegation to League Two that season. In 2017, Adams was sacked as the manager of Granada CF when the team lost all 7 games ending their six seasons in the top division of La Liga.

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3.John Barnes

Barnes has played for Charlton Athletic, Newcastle United, Liverpool, Watford, and Sudbury Court. He was an exceptional footballer but as soon as his playing career ended, he was appointed as head coach of Celtic in 1999. After his appointment, he re-registered himself as a player but never played for the club. He is considered as the worst manager in Celtic’s history!


2.Paul Gascoigne

Gascoigne or also known as Gazza is widely recognised as the most naturally talented English footballer of his generation. He began his coaching career in China before moving back to England to manage Boston United in 2004. He resigned from the post because the club wouldn’t let him appear on the TV show, I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!

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1.Diego Maradona

No introduction needed. Maradona has previously managed Textil Mandiyu, Racing Club, Argentina, Gimnasia de La Plata to name a few. Throughout his managerial career, Maradona’s performances were never consistent. What makes things worse is his poor relationship with the media.

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