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Top 5 former players who failed as coaches

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Being a legendary player isn’t the secret sauce to becoming a great manager and some former players know what we’re talking about.

It is always heartwarming to see former players become coaches. However, the path is riddled with many pitfalls and sad stories that would make go to the furthest corner of your room and sob silently.

Many players in the past have tried their hands on management and have failed miserably. The ratio of former players becoming successful managers is not that great either. For every Pep Guardiola or Louis van Gaal there is a Pippo Inzaghi or a Clarence Seedorf.

Clearly it is not easy to be a football manager just because you were a great player in the past.

Here we take a look at five former players who for some odd reason, believed that they could become great coaches and were in for a rude awakening.

Tony Adams

The Englishman is an Arsenal legend and was a leader on the pitch. It was perhaps this reason that led him into believing that he could become a successful manager.

His first stint as a manager was in the League One with Wycombe Wanderers and the former Gunner oversaw the club’s relegation to English League Two. Portsmouth called and after 16 games it was over.

PORTSMOUTH, UNITED KINGDOM – JANUARY 24: Pompey manager Tony Adams gives instructions during the FA Cup sponsored by E.ON 4th Round match between Portsmouth and Swansea City at Fratton Park on January 24, 2009 in Portsmouth, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

But that wasn’t it. Eager to prove a point, Adams took over Granada in Spain. With just seven games left, the Spanish outfit had a chance to avoid relegation. However, with the relegation expert in the dugout, they did get relegated after an 8-year stay in La Liga.