A football coach is a person who trains a team ahead of competition in which they participate in. In recent years, ex football players go to coaching school in order to coach a football club after their retirement from playing football. Eventually some of this ex players end up coaching the team in which they played for as a player during their active career.
I will be reveal just five ex-players who is currently the head coach of the football club they featured for as a player.
1. Zinedine Zidane (Real Madrid) –
Zinedine Zidane is the current boss of Spanish giants Real Madrid, he is also a former player of the Spanish club. He featured as a player for the side from 2001 to 2006 and took over as their head coach in 2016. Zidane is definitely one of the greatest players of all time and he also brought the success to his managerial career, he is regarded as one of the world most successful managers in just five years of coaching. The 2017 FIFA Best Men’s Coach won so many awards and trophies as a player most especially the 1998 Ballon d’or award, he has achieved greater success as a coach, he is the first manager to win three UEFA Champions League titles consecutively.
2. Frank Lampard (Chelsea) –
Frank Lampard is the current manager of Chelsea Football Club and also an ex-player of the club. He represented the Blues as a player from year 2001 – 2014 and took over from Mauricio Sarri as head coach last year. The Englishman was a creative and technically gifted box to box midfielder, he developed himself to be a prolific goalscorer from the midfield and he is currently Chelsea’s all time goalscorer with 211 goals scored in all competition. Frank Lampard is yet to achieve success in his managerial career like the way he did as a player. He won the UEFA Champions League once, three English Premier League title, one UEFA Europa League, and Four FA Cup. During his first year as Chelsea manager he lost the chance to win the UEFA Super Cup and the Emirates FA Cup after he was defeated in both finals.
3. Pep Guardiola (Barcelona) –
Pep Guardiola is definitely one of the most successful manager currently in the world of football. He is the current head coach of premier league club Manchester City and a former player of Spanish giant Barcelona. He coached the Spanish club from 2008 to 2012 before leaving for Bayern Munich and then Manchester City where he is currently. In 2008, when he won the UEFA Champions League with Barcelona in his first season, he became the youngest manager to win the European title. He is one of the greatest manager of all time. The 2011 FIFA World Coach Of The Year is the first coach to win the domestic treble in the English men’s football.
4. Andrea Pirlo (Juventus) –
Andrea Pirlo as a player was full of vision, skills like ball control, technique, creativity, passing and free kick ability. He was a very successful player, he was named Serie A Footballer of the year on three different basis. Pirlo won so many trophies as a player and will also wanna bring that success to his managerial career. He is the only manager on the list that hasn’t played two month of football as a head coach. He was appointed as Juventus head coach this summer following the sack of their former coach Mauricio Sarri despite the latter won the league title for them.
5. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Manchester United) –
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as a player was a prolific goalscorer and a striker, he spent most of his career at Manchester United. He played for the English club from 1996 – 2007 in which he won some trophies like the 1999 UEFA Champions League where he scored the equalising goal after coming on as a substitute, he also won six English Premier League title, two Emirates FA Cup and two FA Community Shield. He took over as a caretaker coach at Manchester United after current Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho was sacked. On 28 March 2019, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was appointed as the Red Devils manager in a three year contract deal. He is another coach on the list that is yet to make impact the way he did as a player.