25 World Footballers Who Would Make Horrible Coaches
Great coaches are almost always former players. But great players rarely turn in to great coaches.
No one can really say what qualities turn a former player into a top-class coach. More often than not, the best football managers had undistinguished—or worse—playing careers.
What does it all mean? We're not sure. But we're pretty sure the following 25 players would make horrible coaches—if they ever decided to enter management.
Let's hope, for the sake of their would-be teams, that it never happens.
For mostly the same reasons he made our list of the 50 Footballers with the Most Swagger.
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Before too long at Arsenal, he came up with a trademark sliding celebration after goals. That va va voom attitude, along with Henry's (admittedly earned) high opinion of himself, grated on some fans and ex-players.
That kind of arrogance/swagger is great in players. Apart from Jose Mourinho, it's not generally an indicator of managerial excellence.
Loyalty is not a buzzword for Ashley Cole.
Then he got caught with his hand in the cookie jar (pun intended) and lost his crazy-hot wife Cheryl Tweedy because of it.
And, you know, that's exactly the kind of loyalty you want in a manager.
Loyalty, schmoyalty. John Terry has Ashley Cole beat.
The allegations are disputed, but the married Terry allegedly had an affair with the former girlfriend of Terry's former teammate. If they're not true, it's mighty strange that Terry would resort to a super injunction to keep them unpublished.
So—bad manager? Probably. Bad human being? Definitely.
Atop the mostly empty noggin of a football player, that hair is way cool.
Atop the cranium of a manager, it's a source of serious concern.
Get a haircut and we'll talk.
In defending himself against allegations of racist conduct, Luis Suarez claimed, in effect, that he called Patrice Evra "negro" on the pitch because that's just what people do in South America.
OK, Luis. Call your players that (in our hypothetical universe where you're a manager) and see what happens.
Does anyone ever know what's going on in the mind of Mario Balotelli?
Ditto to the Balotelli comments. Plus, we just don't see Tevez putting his players through any grueling conditioning exercises while fish and chips are waiting to be consumed.
Try as they might, the players just wouldn't be able to look away from Rooney's hair plugs.
He's a terrible teammate and seems like a thoroughly terrible person as well.
Too scary, but in a different way than Berbatov.
More like scary in the sense that he'd beat up all his players.
Nigel De Jong
Also too scary. One of his players would turn up dead one day after training.
Need we say it?
OK, then. Coaching would get in the way of his social life. He's got a new (and increasingly hotter) girlfriend every week.
And before he's done, he'll be an all-time great. The all-time greats don't usually turn into good—or even mediocre—managers.
Too pretty. The lads might get confused.
No one can pronounce his name.
All at once now, you Britishers: It's pronounced "Kite."
Once we get this down, Kowt is on his way to management.
Umm, all his players would become bodybuilders out of shame.
And all their games would turn into American Gladiators.
If we were playing for Damien Duff, we'd find it impossible to stop wondering where he left the pot of gold.
OK, OK, sorry. That was uncalled for.
We meant we'd be after his Lucky Charms.
Would you want to play for a dude that looks like this?
Like we already said, the really great players don’t generally make good—or even mediocre—managers.
Maybe that's because it’s too hard for them to vocalize what makes them great.