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OPINION: Why Do Clubs Keep On Experimenting With Bringing Back Former Players As Managers


Why clubs now choose to hire their former players is a decision I have yet to fully comprehend, especially when it comes to hiring managers who lack the necessary experience in managing a top team. This decision can be compared to a hypothesis that is being tested but not yet approved.

The objective of a manager in a team is to be able to organize, structure, and put in place a functioning formula for the club; however, bringing back former players as managers skips some of those phases.

Clubs have successfully hired former managers, such as Carlo Ancelotti of AC Milan, Johan Cruyff of Barcelona, and a slew of others, but these managers had the necessary experience with other teams, whereas clubs are now hiring their former players, who lack that experience, and the results haven't been stellar.

You can always point to Pep Guardiola's time at Barcelona or Zinedine Zidane's time at Real Madrid, but both managers took over teams that were already well-equipped; even a rookie manager could succeed with a Barcelona team that included Lionel Messi, Xavi, Puyol, Pedro, and the rest, just as Zidane inherited a Real Madrid team that included Lionel Messi, Xavi, Puyol, Pedro, and the rest.

Andrea Pirlo, Frank Lampard, Ole Gunnar, Andre Villas Boas, and Di Matteo haven't performed as well, and this is due to the fact that they join clubs who are in need of restructuring, rather than teams that are already well-equipped.

The most recent addition to the list is Barcelona's appointment of Xavi to manage the team. While it is unclear how well Xavi will perform, Koeman, a former Barcelona player and a seasoned coach, found it difficult to get the team back on track.

I don't think appointing former players is the best way to go about it, especially when the team isn't performing well. They need that experience to demonstrate their abilities, and the more clubs that do this, the more difficult it will be for new managers.

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