5 Premier League legends we grew up watching who are now managers
Most of the managers in the top tiers of European football were professional footballers. In fact, all twenty managers in the Premier League at the moment played football professionally albeit with varied level of success.
Southampton manager, Mark Hughes, for example, had a memorable playing career winning 15 trophies with Manchester United, Chelsea and Blackburn Rovers combined. With Man Utd, he won the Premier League twice.
Some of the Premier League’s all-time greats are now into their managerial career and these are players we grew up watching in awe.
Former Liverpool superstar Xabi Alonso retired from football in 2017 and has begun his managerial journey by taking charge of Real Madrid’s Under-13 team. Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola is currently the assistant to Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea despite managing several clubs on his own previously.
However, the five Premier League legends turned managers in question are already in charge of a major team or on the verge of taking up a new job.
#1 Frank Lampard - Derby County
Frank Lampard spent most of his playing career with Chelsea winning 13 trophies. He scored 211 goals for the Blues in 13 seasons and became their all-time leading goalscorer.
Lampard retired from professional football in 2016 after a stint in the MLS. Post-retirement, he ventured into a managerial career and he got his first job this summer.
The 40-year-old was appointed the manager of Championship side Derby County on a three-year contract.
He used his contacts at Chelsea to sign two of the club’s biggest prospects on loan for the season. Mason Mount, the 19-year-old midfielder and Fikayo Tomori, the 20-year-old defender joined Derby despite interest in both players from other Championship clubs.
Derby have so far played seven games under Lampard winning five of those games and losing the other two. So far, they've scored 14 goals with at least one goal in every game, conceded seven goals and kept four clean sheets.
Not a bad start for a rookie manager at club hoping to gain promotion to the Premier League.
Interestingly, Lampard will go head to head against his former manager Jose Mourinho in the next round of the English League Cup.