5 Professional Football Coaches Who Have Never Played
Who says being a team coach necessitates being a former football player? It's ridiculous, which is why we've compiled a list of the world's top five non-professional football managers who did not play professional football.
1. Arsene Wenger
Arsene Wenger began his career as a footballer for minor town and amateur clubs before earning his Manager's Diploma in 1981.
To be honest, he'd always been a thinker rather than a doer, and his sharp mind was confirmed by his revamp of football diets.
2. Struth Bill
Bill Struth, the Rangers' second manager, commanded the team for 34 years in a row, as was customary in 1920.
During his 19-year career, he won 14 Scottish titles, including the premier domestic knockout tournament in 1928, which ended Rangers' cup drought.
At Ibrox Stadium, a bronze statue of this legendary footballer can be located.
3. Gerard Houllier
Gerard Houllier went via the standard academic route.
He went to university part-time and eventually became the headmaster of the École Normale d'Arras (a school in France).
He left his job at the age of 26 to become the player-manager of amateur team Le Touquet, and his efforts propelled him through the rankings.
4. Carlos Alberto Parreira
Look at Carlos Alberto Parreira's CV if you ever needed proof that you don't have to be a football player to become a manager.
He's coached five different countries, one of which (Brazil) won the FIFA World Cup, and he also saved Fluminese from bankruptcy and helped them win a championship.
His first work was at So Cristóvo as a fitness coach.
5. Arrigo Sacchi
After Fabio Capello and Nils Liedholm, Arrigo Sacchi took on a high-profile position at AC Milan.
The press flocked to him, and many questioned his ability due to his lack of riding experience, but his retort to those who doubted his skill is legendary: "You don't have to be born with a horse to be a jockey." In Italian football, he nearly single-handedly put an end to man-marking.
The men below only played a few minutes of professional football:
Jose Mourinho has coached a number of teams, including Rio Ave and Belenenses.
Sven-Goran Eriksson is a Swedish footballer who has played for Karlskoga and other clubs in Sweden.
Avram Grant began coaching in Israel when he was 18 years old.
Ralf Rangnick was a member of the Stuttgart amateur squad but never advanced beyond that.
Vitor Pereira (FC Porto), Leonardo Jardim (Braga), and Pedro Caixinha (Nacional) are among the best young coaches in the SuperLiga, despite their lack of playing experience.
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