5 Current Premier League Players We Would Love to See as Managers
One of the most fascinating aspects of supporting football is trying to decide which players will make great managers.
As history has shown, the best footballers don't always make the best managers and vice versa.
Of the current crop of Premier League stars today, there are a number that the fans would like to see patrolling a technical area, and for a variety of reasons.
There hasn't been a Kevin Keegan moment in quite a while and there might be the potential for one, or something akin to a televised meltdown among the modern-day players.
As far as the serious side of the game is concerned, there could be the next Alex Ferguson or Pep Guardiola waiting to happen.
Over the course of the next five slides, we'll look at the stars we'd most like to see in management and the varying factors behind the reasoning.
5. Clint Dempsey
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Everything that Clint Dempsey has done in his career up to this point has been carried out in a hard-earned and honourable fashion.
For starters, those are traits that any club would love to have in their current or future manager.
I've never trained with anyone like him, he's unbelievable. He trains hard, he plays hard and he wants to improve all the time. That's why he's scoring his goals.
He's excellently versed in the art of presentation and someone that both fans and players alike seem immediately endeared to.
It takes a lot to gain the respect of people in the world of football, but Dempsey has managed to and if he can carry this into the world of management, he could be very successful.
At the time of writing, Liverpool are flirting heavily with the idea of bringing him to Anfield, and his studious outlook toward football could be further enhanced by working under Brendan Rodgers.
Success breeds success and players turned managers such as Steve Bruce, Bryan Robson, Mark Hughes and Ole Gunnar Solskjær all served under Sir Alex Ferguson and flourished as managers.
Dempsey knows what is takes to win, even if he doesn't always have the players around him to do so, but once he keeps talking like this, you just know this guy can go far:
You can't go out there and just chill and be lackadaisical. You're not going to win games. You've got to go out there and fight.
4. Ryan Giggs
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It might be easier to list the awards and trophies that the man born Ryan Wilson hasn't won than the ones he has.
Aside from his trophy haul, the Manchester United record appearance holder has spent his entire career under the rule/guidance of the greatest manager of the modern era: Sir Alex Ferguson.
It's probable that throughout those years he picked up a thing or two about management and how to successfully run a Premier League club.
Whisperings from within Manchester United suggest that he is studious in his approach to the game and has the desire to enter management one day.
When Giggs' teammate, Paul Scholes, was questioned earlier this year about the successor to Alex Ferguson, the 37-year-old was quick to add his support for Giggs:
People have talked about Mourinho. It can change quickly...it’s about who is successful at the time. Whether they are British or foreign, you just want the best man for the job. I could see Ryan Giggs becoming manager.
Giggs turns 39 this November, having signed a contract extension for another year at Old Trafford in what will most likely be his final season.
This points toward the timing being ideal for him to make his managerial debut.
Expect to see Giggs exchanging pre-match pleasantries with an opposing manager sooner rather than later.
3. John Terry
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Only Chelsea could dream of having a man of the moral fibre of John Terry in charge of their club.
While he may lead the reigning European champions as their captain, you can be sure there will be a minefield of obstacles to overcome should he ever be in charge.
It could be infidelity with a player's fiancé, private training ground tours for some extra pocket money or parking in a disabled car space.
Terry doesn't seem to garner the same respect when captaining his England teammates, but Chelsea fans seem happy to disregard his antics in favour of his on-pitch performances.
While this is fine, it narrows down the options for Terry as a manager. The Pensioners and their in-house acceptance of his behaviour means that Stamford Bridge might be the only place he'll ever take charge.
His teammates seem to believe in his leadership, and the club has amassed an impressive trophy haul during his time as club captain.
The defender, who was suspended for the recent Champions League final, was not charged after allegedly racially abusing Rio Ferdinand's brother, Anton, during a meeting of Chelsea and QPR at Loftus Road in 2011.
How much he knows about the tactical side of the game in a management role remains to be seen, but it would appear that he's born to lead.
His management style will be more of a ''do as I say, not as I do" approach if his actions up to this point are anything to go by.
2. Joey Barton
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Someone recently asked me how I would describe indie rockers Maximo Park's second album?
I told them it's pretty similar to Joey Barton's career: not as good as was expected, wasn't a hit internationally and won't be remembered fondly.
For a footballer who showed huge promise at one point, the decline of Joey Barton amidst a host of Twitter rants has been fascinating.
He's delivered more knockouts off the pitch than he has on it and for that reason his leading of men would make for some brilliant interviews and sound bytes.
I can't say that I've ever heard him talk about the game from a tactical point of view, and I've been privileged to hear him wax lyrical after many games.
Who wouldn't want to watch him scrutinised after a heavy defeat when he's coming out with a quote like this:
Is Ribery allowed to be shown on a close up before the watershed?
If a club owner somewhere is willing to appoint Mario Balotelli as manager and Joey Barton as his assistant, I will guarantee him as least one season ticket sale immediately.
You're more likely to see Barton in a courthouse than a technical area, but we can always keep hoping.
1. Mario Balotelli
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The man who provided the inspiration for this article was never going to feature in any other position except for No 1.
If Mario Balotelli wasn't a professional footballer, he would surely be a reality TV star, and if he popped up on Jersey Shore some time soon, I wouldn't be surprised.
For that reason, I would love to see him at the helm of a professional football team.
If you think Jose Mourinho is a journalist's dream, then the current Man City striker would be every ideal assignment rolled into one.
His press conferences would be a thing of legend, his tactics would surely baffle and his emotional meltdowns would be hilarious.
After crashing his Audi R8 in England, police arrived at the scene. Upon discovering £5,000 on his person, they asked him why he had that much cash on him to which he replied:
Because I am rich
When he retires, I pray that a club somewhere gives him a managerial role.