Maradona, Gazza and Other Footballers Who Failed as Managers

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Maradona, Gazza and Other Footballers Who Failed as Managers
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Steven Gerrard admitted in a recent interview with TwentyFour7 magazine that he is planning to train as a manger in the near future and would consider a Liverpool appointment a “dream come true.”

“I am planning on doing my coaching badges and qualifications over the next 12 months,” he said. “I definitely see myself as a manager rather than a coach but that could change.”

About the Liverpool job specifically he remarked: “There are world-class managers there already, but we’ll have to wait and see. It would be the icing on the cake. When you get to a certain age, my age, you need to start thinking seriously about a life after football.”

Gerrard, 33, is hardly alone when it comes to planning a future following a playing career. And like many previous players, he has targeted management as a possible vocation.

But some of his predecessors haven't fared too well after making the switch from the pitch to the technical area.

Here are five former elite-level players for whom football management was anything but the perfect fit.

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