8 former Premier League players you had no idea had entered management

Zinedine Zidane, Carlo Ancelotti, Antonio Conte, Pep Guardiola and Johan Cruyff make up a few names on a list of world-class players that turned out to be world-class managers, too.

That list is very small, though. And despite the likes of Ryan Giggs feeling like they have some divine right to a top flight managerial job, the truth is, it’s hard to make the transition from the pitch to the dugout.

That’s not to say that it isn’t a well trodden path, with even the most niche and unmemorable former Premier League footballers giving management a go.

Whilst you’re taking this glorious trip down memory lane, it would be rude for us not to relive Tony Popovic’s wonderful own goal. A real career-defying moment.


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