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5 great players who made bad managers

Scott Newman
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#3 Paul Gascoigne

Kettering Town FC Takeover
Paul Gascoigne's time as Kettering manager was a short one due to his alcohol problem

Arguably the most talented player ever produced by England, Paul ‘Gazza’ Gascoigne was one of a kind but his bizarre, maverick behaviour suggested that he’d never make a great manager. Unfortunately for a handful of poor clubs, Gazza tried his hand there and unsurprisingly failed miserably.

In a suitably strange move, Gazza began his coaching career in China, before moving back to England to take charge of Boston United in the summer of 2004. His time there lasted just eleven games before he resigned for an equally bizarre reason – apparently the club wouldn’t release him so that he could appear on TV show I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here!

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After some time out of the game, Gazza resurfaced in late 2005 to take over as manager of non-league side Kettering United. The move was an utter shambles, as Gascoigne lasted just 39 days in the job before being fired. The word was that his alcohol problems became so bad that he spent most of his time at Kettering drunk, including an incident that saw him stumble off the team bus in a drunken tumble.

Gascoigne has since stayed out of the game as his health – and mental – problems have worsened, and it’s probably best for everyone, including Gazza himself, if he stays away.

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