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Who was the best player among todays Premier League managers

DATE: 25.02.2018 - SOCCERVOICE - BLOG - SEASON 2017-18

No one needs to be the best player in the World to become the best manager, but how were todays men in charge as players

Arsene Wenger who is still is regarded as one of the greatest managers of all time, did not really have a fantastic playing career and made just a handfull of games for Mulhouse and Strasbourg.

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe is one who also must be said to have had a modest career as a player, just being a squad player at Portsmouth and just been involved in two games, spending the rest of his career with Bournemouth at lower levels.

Roy Hodgson is one that we not really involved in professional football as a player, getting released from Crystal Palace without a single first team game played. He played professional in South Africa for a season, in the "only whites" league NFL with a club named Berea Park.

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is one with a long and good career behind him as a player, playing for Juventus and Lecce, and also a full intenrational for Italy, with 20 caps. A midfielder at his time with and one that has done it all in football.

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Newly appointed Stoke manager Paul Lambert and Brighton boss Chris Hughton are both players with a great career behind them as players, and maybe they are probably at this time in their career close to becoming great managers, but still they were both great players.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and David Wagner both played at the highest level in Germany, and Wagner also played at international level for USA, something Klopp never exprienced, but both players had relatively good playing careers.

Man City manager Pep Guardiola is also one with a great playing career both at club and international level as a player. The same cannot be said about Jose Mourinho, but he was a player at a relatively good level in football, compared to the avarage fan.

One manager who had a good career as a player was Tottenham boss
Mauricio Pochettino. Pochettino is one of few of today's Premier League manager to have played in a World Cup, doing so for Argentina in 2002.

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Everton manager Sam Allardyce and West Ham boss David Moyes, both played as central defenders, but never made it to the full international level. Alan Pardew is also among those men, doing well with Crystal Palace.

Leicester boss
Claude Puel, Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino and newly appointed Watford chief Javia Gracia all had good careers as players, Puel with Monaco Gracia mostly with Athletic Bilbao and Pellegrino with a period at Liverpool.

Carlos Carvalhal who is now at Swansea and previously with Sheffield Wednesday played for a long list of clubs, but the 52 year old former Portugal U.21 international might be more famous for his management skills.

Burnley manager
Sean Dyche is one not really famous for his playing days at clubs such as Chesterfield, Bristol City, Millwall, Watford and Northampton, but the 46 yeard old was at Nottingham Forest, without playing in the first team, under a certain Brian Clough.

The last man standing is
Rafael Benitez who might have learned more from being part of a special place, Real Madrid, during his playing days without really getting much first team experience. He later played for lower league clubs such as Parla and Linares.

So who are the top three players of the current group of Premier League managers; Pep Guardiola, Antonio Conte and Paul Lambert are the three selected, the rest are learners of their trade. But one thing they all have in commen, they have played at a relatively good level all of them.

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