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Football coaches that were not footballers

Published by on July 6th, 2020.

Who says you have to be a footballer to become a manager?. That’s totally out of it, and that is why we are bringing you the top five world football managers who never played professionally. Most of us fans perceive football as a game of insight and vision. We expect our teams to be coached by men who understand every aspect of the game, and thus, having a manager who was himself a footballer seems ideal.

But surprisingly, there are some really great managers who never played a single professional match in their careers, and still have done impeccably whilst in the dugout. Relax and go through them.

1. Bill Struth

Bill Struth was only the second ever manager of Rangers and, as was custom back in 1920, led the club for 34 consecutive years.

He won 14 Scottish titles in a 19 year period and ended Rangers cup woes by lifting the premier domestic knockout trophy in 1928.

There is a bronze statue of this legendary man at Ibrox Stadium. Check number 2.

2. Arsene Wenger

I was also surprised when i saw the trusted site revealing that he has never played as a professional footballer. Arsene Wenger played for local village and amateur clubs until he obtained a Manager’s Diploma in 1981. To be fair, you can see he was always more of an intellectual than a doer, and with his methodical revolution of footballing dieting, his brilliant mind was justified.

Did you know the Frenchman managed Japanese side Nagoya Grampus Eight before joining Arsenal? This is incredible.

3. Arrigo Sacchi

He stepped into a high profile role at AC Milan after stints from Fabio Capello and Nils Liedholm. He faced severe scrutiny from the press, and many didn’t trust him due to his lack of playing experience, but his response to the journalists that questioned his ability is world famous. “A jockey doesn’t have to have been born a horse.” Can you read that?. You do not have to be born rich to be rich.

He almost single handedly abolished man marking in Italian football, moved away from the libero and instead introduced the zonal pressing we sometimes see today.

4. Roy Hodgson :-

After failing to break into Crystal Palace’s first team, Roy Hodgson completed training to become a fully qualified coach at the age of 23. He learned his trade at Maidstone United, serving as assistant manager to Bob Houghton. I think I love him, if he had coach in a big team, he would have done extremely great.

Since Maidstone, he has coached the likes of Fulham, Liverpool and West Bromwich Albion, while managing the national teams of Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, Finland and, most notably, England. His greatest success as manager came with Fulham, when he led them to the Europa League final in 2010. He achieved this without playing football professionally.


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