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3 managers who proved that you don't need to be a player to be a great manager

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#2 Arrigo Sacchi

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Like all others on this list, Sacchi never played any professional football. He even worked as a shoe salesman to meet his needs. He is one of the most influential managers of all time, and he redefined Italian football with his tactics and managed AC Milan twice.

When he first took over as Milan manager, things were not easy for him. Media bashed for being an inadequate player and questioned his capabilities as a manager. In addition to this harsh scrutiny, Milan was also struggling in the league.

"I never realized that in order to become a jockey you have to have been a horse first."

In his debut season, he led Milan to their first league title in 9 years. That success followed with back to back European Cup win. He made Milan arguably the greatest side in modern football history. He was also the head coach of Italy from 1991-1996 and led them to the final of World Cup 1994 where they lost to Brazil on penalties.

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