Football is the most beautiful game on the face of this planet. And while the star players are always in the spotlight, it is the managers under whose instructions the players play the game. In the footballing world, managers are the men shouting instructions whilst pacing on the touchline. The footballers play in accordance with the manager’s wishes, or at least attempt to do so.
It is a popular opinion that great players make great managers – which is not the case on some occasions with many football gurus opining the exact vice versa. It has been established, however, that both the manager and the players play an equally significant role towards success with Claudio Ranieri’s Leicester City being a perfect example.
To become a successful manager, one needs to have lady luck in his favour along with an immense knowledge of the game. It is not always that a great player becomes a great manager and not all great managers were world class players. The likes of Franz Beckenbauer, Kenny Daglish, and Carlo Ancelotti among others have been immensely successful both as a player and as a manager.
It is interesting to predict which players of the current crop have the insight and ability to cut it as a manager. On that note, we take a look at five successful players playing currently who could become successful managers in the near future.
#5 Micheal Carrick
Manchester United’s veteran midfielder Micheal Carrick is the ideal person to manage a football team. He is loyal and dedicated – qualities that are necessary to become a top manager. And his knowledge of the game has often been displayed over the years.
The 35-year-old has played under the best managers including the likes of Sir Alex Ferguson, Louis Van Gaal and Jose Mourinho. However, throughout his career, the English midfielder has been very under-rated. Whenever he has played, it was apparent that he was crucial in breaking down the opposition attack and also start the moves for his team.
Outside the football pitch, he is a reserved, private human being. On the pitch, he brings stability and level-headed leadership. Carrick is also a fantastic guide for the young players of the side. Despite numerous accolades, he is not a braggart, and there has been praise from within the club for his humility.
Alongside his shrewd match reading, he can stamp his authority both on and off the pitch. Carrick buys into the mentality that Ferguson encouraged of winning one thing then moving on to the next rather than indulging. Certainly, he would be a very successful manager.