Ex-players who returned to manage a former club
Ex-players who returned to manage a former club

Ex-players who returned to manage a former club

After rumours in the past few weeks over his imminent arrival, Arsenal finally confirmed their former player Mikel Arteta as their new boss on Friday.

Arteta left his role as the Manchester City assistant coach to kick start his managerial career at his former club but who are some of the former players who went back to manage their clubs.

  • Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Manchester United)

Played for United from 1996 to 2007 after stints with Molde and Clausenengen. Remembered for his instincts in the club's 1998 treble-winning season. Handed the reigns of the club at the end of the 2018/19 season and hasn't yet convinced everyone that he is the man to lead the club back to their glory days.

  • Johan Cruyff (Ajax and Barcelona)

Johan Cruyff was a legendary player for Ajax, then took the team over and led them to a Cup Winners’ Cup and two domestic cups.

He also returned to Barcelona, where he was also a legendary player, and led the side to four consecutive LaLiga wins and their first-ever Champions League success.

  • Filippo Inzaghi, Clarence Seedorf, Gennaro Gattuso (AC Milan)

The trio was part of the dominant AC Milan team with all winning the Champions League twice with the club when playing for ex-Milan midfielder Carlo Ancelotti.

But they all failed miserably at San Siro as coaches.

  • Graeme Souness (Liverpool)

Souness won an incredible five league titles, three European Cups and three League Cups in just seven seasons as a player at Liverpool.

He returned to the club in 1991 as a coach and oversaw 45 defeats in 157 games before he was sacked after less than three years in the job.

  • Roberto Di Matteo (Chelsea)

Played for Chelsea between 1996 to 2002 and was appointed the head coach of the club in 2012 where he helped them to a Champions League title.

  • Thierry Henry (Monaco)

Thierry Henry started his playing career at Monaco, then returned there for his first managerial post last season. Just 20 games and four wins later, he was gone again.

  • Frank Lampard (Chelsea)

Featured for Chelsea as a player from 2001 to 2014 and was handed the task of leading the club this season and his start hasn’t been that bad.

  • Antonio Conte (Juventus)

A hard-working midfielder in the brilliant Juventus teams of the 1990s, Conte was hardly a hero. After modest spells with the likes of Bari and Siena, the Italian returned to Turin in 2011 and proceeded to lead the club to their first legitimate Serie A title in nine years.

  • George Graham (Arsenal)

Arteta will hope to follow in the footsteps of Graham who was part of the Arsenal side that won the double in 1970/71.

Appointed manager of Arsenal in 1986 and led the club to their first league title in 18 years three years later. He won another title in 1991, a European trophy in 1994, and three domestic cups too.

  • Zinedine Zidane (Real Madrid)

A proper player during his days, in under three years during his first Real Madrid spell as head coach, Zidane won three Champions League titles and LaLiga.

  • Pep Guardiola (Barcelona)

The man who has been leading Arteta for the past three years has seen it all as player and coach. Guardiola has done a great job at Manchester City but he did an even better one at Barcelona, where he spent the majority of his playing career and embarked on his managerial career.

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