19 May 19
The Scottish Sun
VINCENT KOMPANY has been Manchester City’s commander-in-chief for over a decade and will soon turn his talents to managing as well as playing.
From Ryan Giggs to Kenny Dalglish, many big names have tried to combine the roles in the past with varying degrees of success.
Kompany is leaving City but not hanging up his boots
On the pitch, there is no doubting Kompany’s credentials thanks to four Premier League winners’ medals among a vast collection of silverware.
And he began his career with two league titles at Anderlecht, where he will take charge next season.
A hint at how successful he may be in Belgium can be found in a look back at ten notable player-managers from football’s history books.
Hoddle can be considered a pioneer in many ways and his stint as player-manager of Swindon Town and then Chelsea bridged his careers on and off the pitch.
A spell playing for Monaco fizzled out and the midfielder decided to head to cash-strapped second-tier outfit Swindon, who were fighting relegation to boot.
On the final day of the season, the Robins smashed Leicester City and the following campaign saw a similar high-scoring win over the Foxes secure a shock promotion via the play-offs.
Clearly with a taste for life as a player-manager, Hoddle headed to Chelsea to lead the Stamford Bridge side’s revitalisation.
In three years, two of which he regularly turned out as a player, he led the team to an FA Cup final and earned a promotion to the England manager’s job.
A 4-3 win at Wembley secured an unlikely rise to the Premier League
King Kenny had done it all as a player, leading the line as Liverpool conquered all they saw before them in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
It was therefore a natural step up to the boss’ role when Joe Fagan resigned in the aftermath of the 1985 Heysel Stadium disaster.
A Dalglish goal secured the title in his first season as player-manager, Everton missing out by just two points and again coming runners-up to the Reds in the FA Cup final.
Playing less frequently in the last years of his spell, he surprised many when resigning in 1991 having claimed three Manager of the Year awards and as many league crowns.
Ronnie Moran and Roy Evans were Dalglish’s right hand men at Anfield
Chelsea went through a player-manager funk in the 1990s, Gullit having arrived in West London under Hoddle and later handed the reigns aged just 33, like Kompany.
The midfielder’s first season saw the Blues scoop the FA Cup to end the club’s 26-year silverware hoodoo.
However his departure left fans wondering what might have been.
Two points off the pace in the Premier League and progressing well in the cups, a dispute – said to be over finances – with chairman Ken Bates led to his sacking.
The Dutchman’s reputation helped bring Gianfranco Zola to Chelsea
If Chelsea’s title challenge collapsed under Gullit’s successor, also a player-manager, Vialli at least secured two trophies after being appointed in February 1998.
Both the League Cup and European Cup Winners’ Cup were claimed by the 33-year-old but they ended up fourth in the league.
Nevertheless, the Blues improved the following year with a third placed finish – their highest since 1970 – and an excellent Champions League run.
Such success couldn’t be maintained and, having focused on solely managing, Vialli lost the dressing room and left five games into the 1999/00 season.
Vialli’s success justified the Blues’ trust in player-managers
Liverpool fans remember McAllister as an immense free transfer in the summer of 2000 but it was the club he signed from, Coventry, where he began his management career.
Arriving in April 2002, the Sky Blues ended the season with five straight defeats.
With money a big issue at Highfield Road, the team dropped to 20th in McAllister’s first full season, again finishing badly with one win in their last 21 matches.
The bleeding was stopped in 2003/04 but the Scot felt his time was up and resigned halfway through the campaign.
Coventry avoided relegation by just four points in McAllister’s single full season
The phrase “give it Giggsy ’til the end of the season” became synonymous with late season dead-rubber spells for player-managers thanks to the Welshman.
As seen with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s stint in the dugout – at least in the early weeks – Manchester United are fond of turning back to former heroes when in need.
Aged 40, the winger was handed the reigns after David Moyes’ disastrous spell was ended four games before the end of the 2013/14 season.
With little to play for, Giggs brought in young players James Wilson and Tom Lawrence before handing himself a runout off the bench in his final home game.
Giggs retired after awarding himself a farewell Old Trafford appearance
Perhaps one of the most prosperous player-manager spells in British football, Souness took over Rangers in April 1986 in the twilight of his career as a midfielder.
A consistent part of the squad in the first two of his five years in the dugout, the Scot led the club to three league titles.
Most impressively, this was off the back of Rangers struggling for many years, opening the way for Celtic, Dundee United and Aberdeen – the latter led by Alex Ferguson.
Souness heralded an era of big name players coming to Ibrox, from Terry Butcher to Mo Johnston, and left when snapped up by Liverpool.
The Gers won seven honours under the ex-Liverpool star
Not only did midfield maestro Robson serve as Middlesbrough player-manager from 1994 to 1997, he also spent two years of that spell as England’s assistant manager.
He instantly became a Teeside hero by winning Division One in the club’s final year at Ayresome Park, taking them to the Premier League in a plush new 30,000-seater home.
Poor form away from the Riverside and a points deduction contributed to an immediate relegation but they had made two major finals and returned quickly.
Ending his playing days in 1997, Robson made Boro top-flight mainstays in a hugely enjoyable era for the club, embodied by the signing of Brazilian entertainer Juninho.
Robson teamed up Boro duties with being Terry Venables’ England assistant
Dropping down into the Football League unearths a true bastion of what it takes to be a player-manager.
Joining Gillingham in 1996, Hessenthaler became the boss in 2000 and oversaw their best-ever finishes as they obtained mid-table comfort in the second-tier.
When that success couldn’t be maintained, he resigned from managing but remained a bit-part player, now in his late 30s.
Leaving Gillingham a club legend, he took on the player-manager’s berth at Dover Athletic and finally hung up his boots at the age of 44.
The former midfielder later returned to the Priestfield dugout in 2010
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Ex-Newcastle United midifelder Nolan took his first steps in management while also playing for Leyton Orient.
Initial success came but he was moved on after only 15 games in charge, 14 of which he played in.
He then headed to Notts County, a team battling League Two relegation, and it was a fight he won while registered as a player.
The next season ended in play-off heartache and Nolan left the subsequent August, County getting relegated from the Football League nine months later.
Nolan was sacked after six games without a win
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