Coaching is an incredible thing and this is most apparent in the sport of soccer where you have two types of men – those who grew up playing the game and went on to be legendary players and later coaches, and those who had absolutely no connection with playing the game.
The first coach that comes to mind is Claudio Ranieri, who did not have much of a player’s background, but went on to pull off one of the most incredible upsets in football history by guiding Leicester FC -The Foxes – to the English Premier League title in the 2015-2016 season. Many predicted that the team would be relegated, but they won the title and by a fair margin. Ranieri had a glittering career as head coach, plying his trade with giants such as Atletico Madrid, Roma, Juventus and Chelsea, ye this feat with Leicester is something that will probably never be repeated in soccer. Sadly for him, his contract was terminated this season with the team struggling to perform again and languishing at the foot of the table, although they did well in the FA Cup.
Another coach who did not have much soccer playing experience is Jose Mourinho the Portuguese self titled ‘special one’. This incredible coach started out his career at Porto in a management role, but his involvement with soccer administration started when he was appointed Bobby Robson’s translator at Barcelona. From there, he had a meteoric rise to the top when he became Chelsea’s head coach and won pretty much every trophy there was to win. Mourinho prides himself on his management skills and went on to win more trophies with Inter and is now at the helm of Manchester United.
Having said all that, there are a number of players who went on to become great coaches such as Carlo Ancelotti, Johan Cruyff, Pep Guardiola, Antonio Conte and Didier Deschamps among others.