After hanging up their boots, it is common for players to foray into management in order to remain close to the action which they relished in their time. Given the knowledge and experience they accumulate over the years in their respective careers, management becomes a lucrative incentive to give something back to the game.
On the flipside, however, management expects more than just a 'been there, done that' mentality from these players. It is a multi-faceted career. It is important to realize that there's daylight between being managed and to manage a team. Hence, the job brings a different kind of pressure with itself. They have to excel on the tactical front and meet fans' expectations at the same time.
While some successfully deal with the transition not all can mold themselves into this role and don't last long. The article talks about five such ex-ballers who fell at the first hurdle itself and quit altogether.
#1 GARY NEVILLE
Contrary to the common practice of starting out with smaller clubs and youth academies, former Manchester United defender Gary Neville surprisingly landed the job at Spanish giants Valencia CF midway through the 2015/16 season.
Los Che languished in the bottom half of the table and gambled on the inexperienced Englishman, desperate for a turnaround. Neville's obvious lack of grasp of the Spanish circuit created all sorts of problems. If reports back then were to be believed, Neville's no hablas Espanyol was the biggest block in getting his ideas executed on the pitch. Hope soon became despair as Valencia continued to decline, winning just thrice in 16 games. A 0-7 drubbing at the hands of bitter rivals Barcelona in the Copa del Rey semis ultimately led to the plug being pulled on his tenure in March 2016. Gary soon returned to what he did best off the pitch, good old punditry.