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10 Former Players Who Didn't Last As Managers

Football management is not for everyone, especially these 10 former players who, although considered great footballers during their careers, struggled to establish themselves as head coaches, including a former Mamelodi Sundowns boss.

Click through the gallery above to see 10 former players who struggled as managers.

Today, he is a Premier League pundit, and a controversial one too, but Tim Sherwood once had aspirations of success as a football manager. The former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder was given his first job as head boss in 2013 by the Lilywhites, but lasted just a year in charge.

Sherwood was then appointed as manager of Aston Villa in February 2015, taking control of 28 matches before being sacked in October that year. The 51-year-old has not coached since.

While he lasted far longer than Sherwood did, Hristo Stoichkov did not cover himself in glory during his nine-year venture into professional management. The Bulgarian was given his first job in charge of his national team in 2004, and went on to coach Celta Vigo, Sundowns and Litex Lovech.

The temperamental Stoichkov, who has not worked as a manager since 2013, won 59 of his 115 matches as a top-flight boss, and lost on 30 occasions.

Like Stoichkov, Germany legend Lothar Matthaus' career as a head coach also lasted just nine years, although there was a season when he was an assistant manager to Giovanni Trapattoni at RB Salzburg. Despite last coaching in 2011, however, it was reported that he threw his name in the hat for the Cameroon job in 2018.

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Manchester United legend Gary Neville has often spoken about his torrid time as Valencia manager from December 2015 to March 2016. The former England right-back won just 10 of his 28 games in charge, losing 11 times – click through the gallery above to see some more former players who struggled as managers!


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