Being a great player does not necessarily make you a great coach (looking at you Bobby Charlton, Pele, Diego Maradona and Paul Scholes). While you don’t always need to be a great player to be a great coach (Klopp and Tuchel). Sometimes though some are just blessed with great talent as a coach and as a player. Here is a selection of five of the best players turned coaches in the Premier League. And if you some who interested in football we have some good promo code offers for some of the best operators, that might interest you.
5: Eddie Howe
Perhaps a controversial choice is given Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard are both managings in the Premier League, but both are in the early stages of their coaching career. Eddie Howe had nowhere near the career they did despite over 250 appearances for Bournemouth. Howe though has been a Premier League manager for six seasons five of them with the Cherries and now at Newcastle where he rescued a sinking ship and turned them into a solid mid-table side.
4: Patrick Vieira
The Frenchman is widely recognized as one of the best midfielders ever to have graced the Premier League. He was capped over 100 times for France while also appearing over 250 times for Arsenal as the heart of ‘the invincibles’ midfield. As a coach, it has been a solid if unspectacular start in spells with New York and Nice and he is currently enjoying a decent first season at Crystal Palace.
3: Mikel Arteta
Another who started at Barcelona but limited playing time saw him make a name as a player elsewhere. First with Rangers then Real Sociedad before becoming a Premier League standout at Everton and then Arsenal. He was criminally never capped for his national team but played almost 300 times in the English top tier. After a spell as assistant at Man City, he was appointed Arsenal manager and he has them on the brink of a return to the Champions League.
2: Antonio Conte
Conte as a player is probably under-appreciated as he spent the whole of his career in Italy, first at Lecce and then Juventus. He captained and was the beating heart of a side that won a Champions League and five Serie A titles. He started out in management in 2006 at Bari and since then and won four Serie A titles (three with Juventus, one with Inter) and one with Premier League one with Chelsea. He is currently the boss of Tottenham.
1: Pep Guardiola
A highly-skilled, technical midfielder who played over 300 games for Barcelona and won six league titles in the process. He also played 47 times for Spain. As a coach Pep has had an even better career winning trophies throughout his spells at Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Man City. He creates a style and plays ethos everywhere he manages.