Friday 9th November 2018

Tom Hardy – UCFB Sports Business & Media student 2018

The 2018/19 season has seen an influx of former players converting their skills and knowledge into a place in the manager’s hot-seat. In this article, we look at three of these managers and how their journey in management has gone so far.

Frank Lampard – Derby

The Chelsea legend stepped into the Derby job this summer after the resignation of Gary Rowett and his youthful side have flourished so far under his reign. Lampard’s side currently sit in fifth position, just two points off the top of the table and with impressive performances, including a win at Old Trafford under his belt, ‘Super Frank’ could be onto a long and successful managerial career.

Steven Gerrard – Rangers

The former England international decided to take his first role outside of his home nation by accepting the role at Rangers in May 2018 and has had mixed results in his spell at Ibrox. Rangers currently sit third in both the Scottish Premiership and their Europa League group, leaving Rangers hopes of success in both competitions hanging by a thread. The current period present Gerrard’s first tough spell since his forage into management as pressure begins to build on the former Liverpool man.

Thierry Henry – Monaco

The Frenchman has returned to the club at which he started his playing career, taking over a Monaco side struggling in the depths on Ligue 1. Since his arrival last month, the former Arsenal talisman has been unable to bring his magic to the club who have only one league game all season and none in five under Henry (D3 L2). The appointment, which looked like a fairytale now looks much more daunting as Henry looks to galvanise his side to face French champions PSG who have won 12 in 12 in the league so far this season.