5 club legends that fans would love to come back as managers
"He is one of our own" is one of the most famous chants in football stadiums all over the world. It is not restricted by language barriers as there are versions in English, French, Spanish, German and other languages.
Fans and players all love it when one of their own is given the opportunity to coach his club. It is one managerial move that instantly gets all the players, staff, fans and even the media onside.
Great players like Zidane, Pep Guardiola, Diego Simeone, and Luis Enrique have gone on to enjoy massive periods of success with the clubs they represented as players. Gennaro Gattuso, Ernesto Valverde, and Niko Kovac are all currently managing the clubs they played for.
This season, three top European clubs have chosen the path of appointing an ex-player or legend as manager to arrest the poor form. Santiago Solari, Thierry Henry, and Ole Gunnar Solksjaer have been given the top jobs at Real Madrid, Monaco and Manchester United respectively.
Here's a look at 5 club legends that fans would love to see as the coach of their respective club.
#1 Steven Gerrard to Liverpool
Gerrard is the ultimate one-club man. After joining the Reds at the age of nine, he went on to sign a professional contract at the age of 17. At 23, Gerrard was made club captain and went on to score so many important goals for his club.
He remains the only footballer in history to score in an FA Cup Final, a League Cup Final, a UEFA Cup Final, and a UEFA Champions League Final, winning on each occasion. He left Liverpool in 2015 and retired as a footballer in 2016 after a short stint with La Galaxy in the MLS.
These days, Steven Gerrard can be seen strutting along the touchline at the Ibrox waving his troops to action. Liverpool fans would love to see him leading the Anfield club from the touchline.