A string of former players go into management every year, but do they make a successful transition ?
As a fan of Chester FC (formerly Chester City FC), I've seen a fair few ups and downs. I've also seen my fair share of high profile managers, from Mark Wright and Keith Curle to the legendary Liverpool striker Ian Rush.
But does having a big name manager necessarily mean that the results will improve ? In my opinion, the answer is 'no'. Maybe that's because Chester were in decline during those years and faced huge financial problems which culminated in the clubs administration and three tier relegation, or maybe it's because the pressure is too great on the famous but inexperienced new managers.
Dutch superstar Edgar Davids is now in charge of the Barnet, of course, but is this just for show, or can the man who made 74 appearances for the Netherlands really cut the mustard as a manager in the lower leagues ?
Well the bookmakers make the London club 5/1 to lift the Conference title following their relegation from League Two last season, but the odds are not as short as you might think. In truth, this makes them 4th favourites behind Forest Green, Luton and Kidderminster - a tough task indeed.
Davids will no doubt have his work cut out if his side are to achieve promotion - in a league that contains no fewer than 9 former football league clubs - but if he does, then it must be said that it will rank alongside some of the major achievements he had as a player.
During his playing days, Davids was know as the 'pitbull' such was his intensity, and you feel that he will have to call upon all of his fighting instincts and really sink his teeth into management if he is to make a success of his second footballing career.
I hope Davids does well and works his way up in the English system, as the football league needs characters, and the man who famously sported goggles whist playing, is certainly one of them.
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