Who was the best player among todays Premier
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
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.
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
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
Pochettino is one of few of today's Premier League manager to have
played in a World Cup, doing so for Argentina in 2002.
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.
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
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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