Five former players who have gone on to be successful coaches

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Former Barcelona, Manchester United, Swansea City, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain stars all feature.

Arsenal legend Dennis Bergkamp has revealed he wants to go back to the club in a coaching role, joining a long line of recent former players who have made the switch into the coaching setup.

One of the things that makes top flight football so appealing is the prospect of working with coaches who have done and seen it all before, experienced the highs and the lows, able to share those experiences with the next generation of players.

Here are five former players from the recent past who are creating strong reputations for themselves in the coaching world.

Pep Guardiola

The former Barcelona holding midfielder had a career which spanned 16 years, spending the majority of his time at the current Spanish champions.

Guardiola is currently rated as one of the best coaches in the world in all technical and personal aspects.

He is the man who was in charge of the Barcelona side, widely accepted as the greatest team of all time and he’s currently the boss of Bayern Munich who turned Barcelona over in the Champions League last season.

Roberto Martinez

Roberto Martinez experienced all parts of professional football playing in top divisions, but also creating a great reputation for himself as an honest player in England’s football league.

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The former midfielder took to coaching like a duck to water, playing attractive football with Swansea City before moving to Wigan and subsequently Everton.

Martinez is notorious for getting his sides playing attractive but efficient football. His man management skills were showcased perfectly when he won the FA Cup with Wigan last season against Manchester City.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Solskjaer is a Manchester United legend for his 91 goals in 235 appearances under Sir Alex Ferguson, famously bagging a crucial goal in the 1999 Champions League final.

He went into his first coaching role with the Manchester United reserve team in 2008 before moving to current club Molde in 2011, where he won the Norwegian league title with the club in his first season.

Mauricio Pochettino

The Argentinean was a central defender and spent time playing football in Argentina, Spain and France.

He’s the current boss of Southampton having move to the club after a spell with Spanish side Espanyol between 2009 and 2012.

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He’s yet to achieve his first honour as a manager and a coach but he’s transformed the way Southampton play football in a very short amount of time, bringing a highly aggressive pressing and attacking game into the Premier League.

Gus Poyet

Gus Poyet is well known in England for his performances as an attacking midfielder for Chelsea and then Tottenham Hotspur.

He won the League One title with Brighton and Hove Albion in the 2010-2011 season and has just been appointed to his first role in top flight football anywhere with Sunderland.

He’s a cracking coach and a good tactician who will have drawn a lot from managing in the football league.

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