Gianfranco Zola’s disastrous spell at Birmingham City shows that just because you’re a brilliant footballer, you’re not necessarily a great manager.
The Italian had magical feet and was voted Chelsea’s greatest ever player back in 2003, yet resigned as Birmingham boss yesterday after just two wins from 24 games in charge.
But he’s not the only player who has found it hard to make the switch to management.
Football Whispers looks at eight men who were great players but awful bosses.
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Despite his dark arts against England in the 1986 World Cup, Diego Maradona is one of the greatest No.10s of all time.
He is an icon of the game due his skill and flamboyance and his performances for both Argentina and the great Napoli side of the 80s.
His first foray into management was with Argentine side Mandiyu de Corrientes in 1994, but he won just one of his 12 matches in charge.
Maradona’s next role was also in his home country in 1995, with Racing Club, where he only lasted 11 games, so it was a surprise when he was given the Argentina job in 2008.
His spell was full of disaster after disaster – the South American giants were humiliated 6-1 by Bolivia and only just qualified for the 2010 World Cup, which ended with a 4-0 mauling to Germany.
Maradona’s last managerial job was at Emirates side Al-Wasl, where he lasted just 22 games and left in 2012.
Paul Gascoigne will always be one of the most treasured players to ever put on an England shirt.
Despite his personal problems, Gazza is still a national treasure due to the talent he showed during his playing career, especially at Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur.
In 2003, he took his first spell into coaching with Chinese club Gansu Tianma, in a player-coach role, but only lasted four games as he had to go to America for treatment against drink and depression.
He then returned to the UK to take up a similar role at Boston United, but left after just 11 games partially because the club refused him permission to appear on I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!
Gascoigne’s first managerial position was at Kettering Town in 2005 but he left just 39 days after joining the non-league club, winning just two of his six games in charge.
The 57-cap international was also linked with Garford Town in 2010 but hasn’t returned to management since leaving Kettering.
Sir Bobby Charlton
Sir Bobby Charlton was recently Manchester United and England’s all-time leading goalscorer until being eclipsed by Wayne Rooney.
The 1966 World Cup winner won three league titles and a European cup during his playing days.
But while he was great on the pitch, management was not for him.
In 1973, he took over at Preston North End, overseeing their relegation from the Second Division in his first season in charge.
He left during the next campaign, winning just a third of his 99 games in charge.
A brief stint at Wigan Athletic as caretaker manager in 1983 was his last trip into management, perhaps unsurprisingly after only claiming two victories out of nine games in charge.
He joined the Manchester United board in 1984, where he has remained ever since.
Hristo Stoichkov was joint top scorer at the 1994 World Cup and won the Ballon d’Or the same year.
The former Barcelona man came nowhere near his playing highs in a managerial career when he took control of Bulgaria 10 years later.
He did maintain his nickname of ‘The Dagger’ during his ill-fated three-year spell with the national side though, often clashing with players.
Stoichkov once proclaimed “I don’t believe in tactics” which probably isn’t ideal for management.
He failed to qualify for both the 2006 World Cup and Euro 2008 and also oversaw Celta Vigo’s relegation from La Liga in 2007.
The Bulgarian has also had stints with Mamelodi Sundowns, Litex Lovech and CSKA Sofia without much success.
Alan Shearer is one of the greatest ever English strikers.
His goalscoring record for Blackburn Rovers, Southampton and Newcastle United was incredible and he retired as the Premier League’s highest ever goalscorers.
And as a Newcastle club legend, it was Shearer who was trusted with the unenviable task of saving the Magpies from relegation when he took over with eight games left of the 2008/09 season after Joe Kinnear fell ill.
He took just five points from a possible 24 and the icon saw his club drop out of the top division for the first time since 1993.
Perhaps it’s no surprise that Shearer hasn’t returned to management, instead being a regular pundit for BBC on Match of the Day.
Tony Adams spent his entire 22-year playing career at Arsenal.
The no-nonsense defender played 669 games and won ten trophies including three league titles in three different decades.
But his managerial career was nowhere near as good, with his first role in 2002/03 at Wycombe Wanderers seeing them relegated into League Two.
He returned to management in the 2008/09 season with Portsmouth but lasted just 16 games, picking up just 10 times.
After the disaster on the South Coast, Adams made the surprise move to Azerbaijan, spending 17 months picking up mediocre results with Gabala before leaving in 2011.
Everyone thought his management days were behind him but earlier this month he rocked up in a La Liga relegation battle at Granada, but that hasn’t started too well, with his only match in charge so far being a 3-0 defeat to Celta Vigo.
Paul Merson was undeniably one of the best players to grace the Premier League during the 1990s.
He was fantastic at Arsenal and was also impressive at Aston Villa before joining Walsall in 2003.
After Colin Lee’s sacking, Merse was handed the managerial reigns and oversaw their relegation from the Championship.
Somehow he was given a contract extension and the job permanently and nearly led them to their second consecutive relegation bar a late resurgence.
His only managerial job to date ended after a 5-0 thrashing to Brentford.
Merson can now be seen on Sky Sports’ Gillette Soccer Saturday where he recently infamously claimed he could have done the same job Hull City boss Marco Silva did at Olympiakos.
One of the best right-backs to ever grace English football, Gary Neville made more than 600 appearances for Manchester United, winning 16 major honours in 19 years at Old Trafford.
His impressive performances on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football saw him tipped by many as a manager of the future.
Neville joined Roy Hodgson’s England set-up as a coach and was linked with the Fulham job in 2015.
But in December of that year, he stunned the football world by being announced as new manager of Spanish giants Valencia, where his brother Phil was a coach.
He failed to pick up a win in his first nine league games, a run which also coincided with a 7-0 Copa del Rey thumping by Barcelona.
After just three league victories in 16 games and with Valencia just six points off the relegation zone, Neville was sacked in March 2016 and has since returned to his punditry role.