Wayne Rooney and Beyond: The Struggles of Former Football Players Turned Managers, Video

Wayne Rooney and Beyond: The Struggles of Former Football Players Turned Managers, Video

Byron Pillay
updated at January 12, 2024 at 3:51 PM
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  • Carlo Ancelotti, Pep Guardiola, and Zinedine Zidane made it look easy to be a good player and coach
  • Wayne Rooney was recently fired by Birmingham City, the third club that opted to sack the Englishman
  • Andrea Pirlo could soon be looking for a new job after a disappointing spell in charge of Italy's Sampdoria

Being a great footballer doesn’t necessarily mean a player will transition into a good manager.

Some former footballers like Carlo Ancelotti, Pep Guardiola, and Zinedine Zidane have made it look easy, but that isn’t always the case.

Wayne Rooney is just one of many coaches who failed as managers despite being good players.
Wayne Rooney, Andrea Pirlo, and Steven Gerrard enjoyed successful spells as players, but didn't enjoy the same fortune as managers. Image: George Wood/ Simone Arveda/ Francois Nel.
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Zidane has already bagged 13 trophies as a manager during a relatively short career, while Ancelotti has gone on to win 27 trophies, and Guardiola topped that by winning 37.

With Ancelotti and Guardiola at the helm of two of the biggest teams in the world, expect that number to go up.

But this list isn’t about the most successful coaches. It is, in fact, about former football stars who had coaching careers they would rather forget.

Despite having legendary careers as players, these stars could not replicate that success as coaches.

Football stars who failed as managers

Sadly for English fans, four of the five managers we cover all come from the European nation, including Wayne Rooney.

A product of Everton’s youth team, Rooney made a name for himself with The Toffees before securing a move to Manchester United. At the Red Devils, he enjoyed great success and won numerous trophies.

He couldn’t find that same success as a coach and was first sacked by Derby County, then DC United and now Birmingham City.

Rooney only lasted 15 games at Birmingham before he was shown the door, Sky Sports reported. He is currently unemployed, but he can take comfort in knowing that he isn’t the only former star who has struggled.

Join us as we look at former club legends who are leagues behind when it comes to managing a side.

10 managers with the most trophies

Football is competitive, but some coaches make guiding a team to continued success and trophies look extremely easy.

While Pep Guardiola and Carlo Ancelotti can boast having won numerous titles, there’s one man more successful than either.

Sports Brief previously looked at the top 10 managers in the world who have won the most trophies in football history.

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Byron Pillay
Byron Pillay is a sports writer and Head of the Department at Sports Brief (joined in 2022) with over 10 years of experience in community journalism and a degree in journalism from Caxton's Cadet School.