Once upon a time, ex-soccer players all had to look for jobs after their playing careers. Most of them tried out for coaching positions, which were few and far between. There was a time when many ex-players started pubs or ran sports shops.
Some of the more academically inclined went back to school or used their education to further their careers, such as ex-Spurs winger Tony Galvin, who ended up teaching high school. (Galvin had received a degree in Russian Studies before he started his playing career.) Danny Thomas, an ex-Spurs and Coventry full back from the '80s, went back to school and became a physiotherapist.
Nowadays, with players getting multimillion dollar contracts, things have changed considerably and fewer ex-pros are choosing to go into coaching and management. Here are some of the reasons why.