Ryan Giggs and 10 Club Legends Who Took over as Manager

Ryan Bailey@ryanjaybaileyFeatured ColumnistApril 22, 2014

Ryan Giggs and 10 Club Legends Who Took over as Manager

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    It may not have escaped your attention that David Moyes has been relieved of his duties at Manchester United, via Jamie Jackson of The Guardian, after a disastrous 10 months in charge. In the interim, Ryan Giggs has been promoted to a player-manager role, effective immediately. 

    The Welshman is by no means the first player to assume first-team responsibilities at a club where he is much admired.

    Here are 10 club legends who have gone on to manage their team. (Sorry Tim Sherwood, you don't make the cut on this one...) 

Alan Shearer

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    Newcastle United boasted no fewer than six managers in 2008/09, with Chris Hughton doing the job twice.

    When comedy icon Joe Kinnear had to step down due to health issues, Mike Ashley appointed club legend Alan Shearer to lead the Toon on April 1, 2009. Yet this was no April Fool's joke. 

    The Geordie Messiah put his job of saying very obvious things on Match of the Day on hold to assume the responsibility but managed only a single win from eight games in charge, condemning the club to relegation. 

Glenn Hoddle

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    Glenn Hoddle will forever be adored at White Hart Lane for his highly successful stint in the early '80s, so he was welcomed with open arms when Arsenal legend George Graham was dismissed in March 2000/01.

    Hoddle took Spurs to the League Cup final in 2002 and won 41 of 104 games in charge before he was sacked in September 2003 for leading a dismal start to the 2003/04 season. 

Stuart Pearce

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    Stuart Pearce spent 12 years as a player at the City Ground and was appointed Nottingham Forest caretaker manager in December 1996, after Frank Clark resigned with the club bottom of the Premier League.

    Even though he admitted to Match of the Day that he had forgotten to pick a goalkeeper in his first starting XI, Psycho won the Premier League's Manager of the Month award in January 1997.

    However, he was replaced by Dave Bassett in March, and Notts Forest were duly relegated.

    Pearce is set to take over as boss once again on a two-year contract next season

Kevin Keegan

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    As a player, Kevin Keegan may have made his biggest mark at Liverpool, but he made 78 appearances for Newcastle between 1982 and 1984, scoring 48 goals and helping the club into the First Division.

    In 1992, eight years after he had retired, King Kev returned to St James' Park as a manager to repair the mess made by Ossie Ardiles (more on him later).

    In his second season, Keegan led Newcastle to the Premier League as Division One champions, and in 1995-96, his team had a 12-point lead at the top of the Premiership. But we all know what happened next.

    Keegan briefly returned to the club in 2008 but left after 21 games, paving the way for the aforementioned club legend Alan Shearer. 

Roberto Di Matteo

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    Calling Roberto Di Matteo a "club legend" may be a slight stretch, but he won a slew of trophies with Chelsea in the late '90s and will forever be remembered for the goal he scored in the 1997 FA Cup final against Middlesbrough after just 42 seconds.

    In March 2012, the Swiss-born former Italy international was appointed Chelsea manager following the dismissal of Andre Villas-Boas.

    He then became one of the most successful caretaker managers of all time when his Blues side robbed Bayern Munich of the Champions League trophy in their own back yard. 

Attilio Lombardo

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    Attlilio Lombardo played only 49 games for Crystal Palace, but the Bald Eagle is still highly regarded by fans to this day.

    When Steve Coppell was moved upstairs in March 1998, Lombardo was appointed caretaker manager, with Tomas Brolin acting as co-manager and interpreter.

    The Lombardo-Brolin combination was not very successful though, as Palace finished the season bottom of the league.  

Kenny Dalglish

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    Kenny Dalglish won six league titles and three European Cups as a Liverpool player, becoming player-manager shortly after the Heysel Disaster in 1985. 

    In his first season, King Kenny won the double and claimed several more trophies before resigning on health grounds in 1991, leaving the Reds three points clear at the top of the table.

    Apparently keen to repeat the magic 20 years on, Dalglish returned to Liverpool in 2011 for a slightly less successful spell that lasted a season-and-a-half. 


Howard Kendall

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    Howard Kendall spent seven seasons as a midfielder at Everton, where he won the First Division title in 1970.

    He returned to Goodison Park as manager on three separate occasions, producing diminishing levels of success in each stint. During his first tenure, Kendall won two league titles, an FA Cup and a European Cup Winners' Cup. 


Ossie Ardiles

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    Despite strained relations with Argentina in the early '80s, Ossie Ardiles became one of Tottenham's most famous sons during a 10-year spell at White Hart Lane. 

    After a successful stint managing West Brom, the Spurs legend came back to his old stomping ground in 1993 to take the manager's job.

    However, in 1993/94 he could only guide the Lilywhites to 15th place in the Premier League and was replaced by caretaker and former midfielder Steve Perryman not long after the start of the 1994/95 campaign. 

Trevor Brooking

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    Sir Trevor Brooking made over 500 appearances for West Ham, endearing himself enough to the east London club to have a stand at Upton Park named after him.

    When Glenn Roeder took ill in April 2003, Hammers board member Brooking agreed to take over for the final three games. Despite earning two wins and a draw, the club were relegated.

    Brooking became caretaker manager once again the following season and suffered just one defeat in 11 games in charge.


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