Watch Out Frank: 30 Managers Who Ruined Their Legend Status
With Derby giving permission to Chelsea to speak to Frank Lampard over the managerial vacancy at Stamford Bridge, it now seems only a matter of time before the ex-England midfielder is appointed.
As Chelsea’s all-time leading scorer and a central player in the most successful era in the club’s history, Lampard’s legendary status in west London is assured – for now. By going back to Stamford Bridge and taking on a thankless managerial position (provided he gets the job), he is putting his Chelsea reputation on the line. If he flops as Blues boss, his achievements a player could be tainted.
Lampard can be forewarned by plenty of other examples of iconic players who returned to their club or national teams as manager and failed dismally, thus shattering their reputation in the eyes of supporters.
Here are some of the men whose managerial exploits at certain teams fell way short of their status as players:
Graeme Souness (Liverpool)
In seven seasons at Anfield, the Scot won five league titles, four League Cups and three European Cups. He was Liverpool’s captain for their 1984 European Cup triumph in Rome, capping a season in which they won three major trophies. He scored 56 goals in 358 games for the Reds during a hugely decorated spell.
He succeeded Kenny Dalglish as Liverpool manager in 1991 upon his fellow Scot’s sudden resignation and found him an impossible act to follow. Many at Anfield never forgave him for giving an interview to The Sun and the Reds finished a lowly sixth and exited the FA Cup at home to Bristol City on his watch.