‘We always hear the old saying. ‘Great players don’t always make great managers’ While the likes of Pep Guardiola, Marco Van Basten and too an extent Steve Bruce are changing this opinion, there are still a number of examples where this is alarmingly true. Here is my Top 10
What a player. A true legend not just at Upton Park. Check these out for clubs manager; Southend United, Oxford United and….wait for it……Eastern AA, in Hong Kong! Still a hero in many people’s eyes…just maybe not in Hong Kong.
A top level player but not quite a top level manager. Success at MK Dons saw a move up to Blackburn. Six months and three wins later, Ince was sacked and eventually crawled back to MK Dons and to a league which suits him better. He is of course the reason why we have to watch Keith Andrews in the Premier League!
As a player, his name struck fear into opponents. As a manager, he has been more terrifying for his own clubs. Nearly two decades of sackings and disappointment after his success at Rangers would be enough. He spent nearly £50m on a relegation battle at Newcastle, and told Deco he wasn’t going to cut it at Benfica – replacing him with Sheffield Wednesday’s Mark Pembridge. He also thought it would be a good idea to plant a Galatasaray flag in the middle of the Fenerbahce pitch, subsequently meaning that he will never be welcome in Turkey again.
‘I don’t believe in tactics,’ Stoichkov announced on taking over at Celta Vigo last summer. He wasn’t lying, having started one World Cup qualifier with a 2-4-4 formation that left Bulgaria trailing Malta for half an hour. But it was in man-management that the hot-headed Stoichkov’s deficiencies were most apparent. He forced three players (two of them captains) into premature retirement and, running out of people to argue with, went for an entire country – accusing Romania of fixing a qualifier. Hugely unpopular at Celta, he was sacked six weeks into this season.
Well connected and with a player’s worldly knowledge of the game (well, he’d been abroad), Platty seemed destined for management. His mate Luca Vialli even heralded him as the future of coaching. Sadly his actual destiny was to become a very poor pundit. His short stint at Sampdoria in 1998-99 led to their relegation after 17 years in Serie A, while in a disastrous spell at Nottingham Forest he blew £12m on players such as Gianluca Petrachi and Salvatore Matrecano from Perugia. Wise move!
Brief success at Sunderland ultimately ended in relegation and the public began to question just how good a coach the former Manchester United captain was. He took time out, walked his dogs and found himself back in the Championship with Ipswich Town. Ipswich were one of the favourites to win the league after his appointment but 10 wins from 40 games has soon changed that belief. Currently being linked with a move away for Portman Road after not even completing a season. Supposedly Celtic want him as their new manager…really?!
Despite a World Cup Final, Voller and his Germany side suffered an embarrassing first round exit from Euro 2004. He also went on to manage Roma, for a month before being sacked due to poor results and an inability to control Antonio Cassano. Probably never helped his case when, during a TV interview in 2003, he lost his temper, used dirty language, shouted at and even attacked a TV presenter in order to defend his team against unfair press statements.
It is still unbelievable to think that Roeder was responsible for West Ham’s relegation in 2002/3 with a squad full of great players, including Paolo Di Canio, Joe Cole, Fredi Kanoute, David James, Michael Carrick and Jermain Defoe. He deserves a place in this list just for that reason!
When you are manager of Celtic and you are eliminated from the cup by Inverness CT then you know something isn’t right. He was soon sacked and went on to manage the Jamaican national side with moderate success. Eventually he returned to England and took over at Tranmere Rovers. Three wins in fourteen games was not good enough for the board (can’t imagine why) and he was sacked after just a matter of months. Reports suggest he has since applied for the Rwandan national side job…need I say anything more?
After being “relieved of his duties” at Sheffield United, Bryan Robson left another club with his managerial record worse than it was before he turned up. In the space of eight months, the former England captain managed to turn the Blades from promotion hopefuls to a team hovering above the relegation zone in the Championship. Perhaps Robbo never recovered from the 1996/97 season, where he managed to take Middlesbrough down and lose in both major English cup finals. Relegated Bradford and West Brom which made it three relegations with three different clubs. And four sackings!
Any glaring omissions that you wish to add to the list?