It takes a lot for a story or incident in football to genuinely make fans react in surprise – the last one was Gary Neville becoming manager of Valencia and before that, it was probably Alan Pardew’s headbutt. And given the fact football is 24:7, and a lot goes on, those ‘Oh my God! Wow!’ moments are few and far between.
If the latest rumours regarding John Terry and the vacant managerial position at Brondby turn out to be true, it will certainly join the elite list of ‘Oh, shit! That actually happened?! – it will be higher on the list than Paolo Di Canio pushing referee, Paul Alcock, but won’t quite top Lee Bowyer and Kieron Dyer fighting!
The thought of Terry in management isn’t the surprising part, given JT’s leadership qualities, however, you just envisaged that the former England captain would work his way up at Stamford Bridge rather than head off to Denmark.
If appointed Player-Coach with the Danish outfit, Terry will join an elite list of obscure managerial appointments:
Gary Neville at Valencia
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As previously mentioned, the Manchester United legend taking over Valencia because he’s mates with the owner and his brother is there, despite not speaking Spanish, was bloody absurd.
Hopefully Neville’s time in La Liga hasn’t undone his good reputation that he built up as a pundit with Sky Sports, which had many tipping him as a future gaffer of England.
Edgar Davids at Barnet
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The Netherlands icon must’ve lost a bet or something.
Roy Hodgson at Liverpool
You didn’t dream it; this actually happened – Paul Konchesky?
Arsene Wenger at Arsenal
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Wenger went from an unknown manager, arriving from Japanese club Grampus Eight, to one of the most influential managers in English football and certainly Arsenal’s finest ever.
Maybe clubs should take a risk more often?
Then again, maybe not…
Christian Gross at Tottenham