Ex-Chelsea star Eidur Gudjohnsen reveals the best manager he ever worked with

Eidur Gudjohnsen has returned to England to play for Bolton Wanderers.

The Icelandic legend has played for a number of clubs across Europe in his long career, but he has told the official Chelsea website which managers are the best he has worked with.

After enjoying short spells early in his career, Gudjohnsen moved to Bolton in 1998, and spent two seasons with the club before signing for Chelsea. He enjoyed a trophy-laden spell with the Blues before leaving for Barcelona in 2006. He won further silverware under Pep Guardiola, before rounding off his career with short spells with Monaco, Tottenham Hotspur, Stoke, Fulham, AEK Athens, Cercle Brugge and Club Brugge.

The 36-year-old made a surprise return to Bolton early this season, signing a playing contract alongside fellow veteran Emile Heskey, and has since netted his first goal of the Championship season for the Trotters.

His return to England was a surprise, and he has spoken to the official Chelsea website to address coming back to his adopted homeland.

“I’ve got great memories here so it’s like going back in time,” the veteran forward said. “People remember what you were like 100 years ago and there’s the excitement of you coming back – but you have to show something on the pitch.”

Gudjohnsen continued to address his earlier playing career, admitting that he is one of few Icelandic players to have made it at the very pinnacle of the game, and revealing the best managers he has worked under.

He added: “It’s maybe fair to say I’m the first player from Iceland in recent years to have played at the absolute top – which was at Chelsea and winning the Premier League. I think I’m the first Icelandic player to do that.

“The best manager I played under is either Jose Mourinho or Pep Guardiola. They’re two different characters and two different personalities.”

Considering how much success came to Gudjohnsen under Mourinho and Guardiola, there is no surprise that he has named the duo as the best managers work under during his career.

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