5 Premier League Legends Who Had Disastrous Managerial Careers As Kolo Toure Gets Sacked After 58 Days

5 Premier League Legends Who Had Disastrous Managerial Careers As Kolo Toure Gets Sacked After 58 Days

  • Kolo Toure landed a lucrative managerial role with Wigan Athletic almost two months ago
  • However, the former Ivorian international has not lasted long and has been shown the door
  • Toure joins a string of ex-Premier League stars to be sacked after faltering as managers

Ex-Premier League star, Kolo Toure recently became the latest high-profile former footballer to land a lucrative managerial job.

Toure, who plied his trade with Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City, transitioned into management after hanging up his boots back in September 2017.

The former defender started off his managerial career with Ivory Coast's football federation where he was appointed to coach the country's Under-23s.

Wigan Athletic, Kolo Toure, Sky Bet Championship, Premier League, Paul Scholes.
Ex-Wigan Athletic manager Kolo Toure looks on at the Sky Bet Championship match at the DW Stadium, Wigan. Photo by Richard Sellers.
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He later joined Celtic's coaching staff as a technical assistant, before he linked up with Brendan Rodgers at Leicester City.

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Kolo Toure sacked by Wigan

Toure's first full-time managerial role came barely two months ago, after Wigan Athletic appointed him as their first-team manager on a three-and-a-half-year deal.

However, the former Ivory Coast international lasted only 58 days at the helm of affairs at the Championship club.

He now joins a string of former football stars who shone on the pitch as players, but faltered as managers.

Sports Brief takes a look at the top five former Premier League stars who went into management but had a false start:

1. Gary Neville - Valencia

In his prime as a right-back, Gary Neville was completely unplayable but failed to replicate the same in the dugout.

According to The Mirror, the former Man United defender failed to win in any of his first nine league games with Valencia.

2. Alan Shearer - Newcastle United

Newcastle appointed Alan Shearer on April 1, 2009, primarily to save the club from getting relegated.

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The Magpies had been struggling and hoped the club legend could save them from the drop with eight games left.

Shearer went on to pick up just two points from his first five games in charge, with a comeback victory over Middlesbrough giving them hope at some point.

However, both teams would suffer relegation on the final day of the season.

3. Paul Scholes - Oldham

Manchester United legend, Paul Scholes was appointed Oldham boss in February 2019 only for his stint to last a couple of days, with the midfield maestro opting to quit in March.

Scholes led the club in seven outings, winning just one of those matches.

4. Teddy Sheringham - Stevenage

The former Man United star was appointed Stevenage boss for the 2015-16 season.

Sheringham had been recruited with the view of helping the club secure promotion.

However, Stevenage was only able to win six of their 29 matches under the Englishman before he was sacked with the club rooted in 19th.

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5. Nicolas Anelka - Mumbai City

The former Arsenal and Chelsea star became a somewhat journeyman after he left the Premier League.

He eventually ended up in India with Mumbai City in 2014 where he was appointed the player-manager at some point.

Anelka was only able to become a full-time manager with Indian football legend Sunil Chhetri and former Premier League star Frederic Piquionne leading the line.

However, that did not help him either as a coach, with his tenure coming to an end after Mumbai City missed out on the end-of-season playoffs.

Yaya Toure lands coaching job

Earlier, Sports Brief reported on Yaya Toure expressing delight after landing his first coaching role at Tottenham Hotspur as he begins his career as a manager.

The former Ivory Coast and Manchester City legend has been confirmed as the U16 coach of Spurs for the new season.

The four-time African Footballer of the Year took to social media to share his excitement as he takes baby steps in his coaching journey.

Source: Sports Brief News