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10 Famous Footballers Who Failed As Managers

Over the years, a number of football's most famous stars have tried their hand at management, but not all have been able to match their on-field success. Here are 10 former footballers who failed as managers, including Diego Maradona and one former Mamelodi Sundowns boss.

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Widely regarded as one of football's greatest-ever players, Maradona has failed to achieve the same heights from the side of the pitch. The Argentina legend has held a number of jobs across his homeland, including the national team post, as well as roles in Mexico and the UAE, but has failed to leave his mark on the managerial scene. 

Former Sundowns coach Hristo Stoichkov, who won the 1994 Ballon d'Or during his time at FC Barcelona, is in a similar boat as Maradona, having failed to achieve any notable success across his coaching spells with Bulgaria, Celta Vigo, Litex Lovech, CSKA Sofia and Masandawana.

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The ex-Manchester United pairing of Gary Neville and Paul Scholes also failed in their brief managerial endeavours, with the former lasting just four months during a sting with LaLiga side Valencia and the latter winning just one of his seven matches in charge of lower league outfit Oldham Athletic.

Netherlands legend Edgar Davids enjoyed a similarly disastrous spell at the helm of Barnet, where he infamously refused to travel to away matches that required an overnight stay, and has not taken up another coaching job since. 

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Other legends, such as all-time Premier League leading goalscorer Alan Shearer and former Arsenal captain Tony Adams also feature on the list, which you can view in full by scrolling through the image gallery above. 

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