Newcastle United's former manager Alan Shearer (R) watches from the touchline at Villa Park...
A manager's XI of footballing greats would be some prospect. In the shape of Zinedine Zidane, Pep Guardiola, Michael Laudrup and Ronald Koeman - just to name a few plying their trade today - you'd have a group of players with a collective trophy case which would give the Cristiano Ronaldo museum something to seriously think about. A genuine rollcall of heroes who, at one time or another, played crucial roles in teams that dominated global competition.
Yet for every Zidane and Koeman, there are countless former players who couldn't quite hack it in the technical area. They may have got the crowd roaring with the ball at their feet, but only generated boos and howls when deciding on the team sheet. English managers in particular are in short supply, with very few homegrown heroes going on to make a succesful transition into management. As a reminder of how tough, complicated and stressful the world of football coaching can be: we've put together a list of Premier League heroes who couldn't quite pull the strings from the sidelines.
5. Tim Sherwood
Tim Sherwood former manager of Aston Villa looks dejected in defeat after the FA Cup Final against Arsenal.
As a player, Tim Sherwood's pedigree in the top-flight was cemented by his captaincy at Blackburn Rovers during their title winning season in 1994-95. Although the latter part of his career might not have glittered so strongly, he was a prized asset when signing for Spurs in 1999, and even those who don't like his style can't deny the man posseses a winner's mentality.
Sadly, his attitude to football coaching - along with the glory days of his career - might be stuck back in the '90s. He didn't win too many fans when interim manager at Spurs since playing a flat 4-4-2 made it look like he was using some sort of default team selector in the dressing room. And whilst he had a chance to impress during his spell in charge of Aston Villa, the excitement of their initial relegation battle and FA cup run quickly descended into farce when the team's fragility was exposed at the start of the following season.
4. Stuart Pearce
As a route into management, taking on interim duties is a legitimate chance to shine in the event that a head coach should leave their position. Such a fate befell Stuart Pearce not long into his retirement as a player, taking over the reigns at Manchester City after Kevin Keegan left his post - allowing him to step up from assistant coach all the way to the top job.
It wasn't entirely new territory to Pearce, since he had also taken on an interim player-manager during his time at Nottingham Forest, but sadly he couldn't quite translate the ferocity he used to display as a defender into results for his team. After a familiar upswing in fortunes during his first few months as manager, City began to flounder under his supervision. It would prove to be his only attempt at management in the top flight, although another spell in charge of Forest did nothing to restore his credentials: a run of 3 wins in his final 21 games in the Championship saw him swiftly removed by the club's executives.
3. Tony Adams
Former Pompey manager Tony Adamsduring the FA Cup 4th Round match between Portsmouth and Swansea City.
Tony Adams was known as a leader on the pitch. His Arsenal career took in many honours, and his record of being the only player in English football history to have captained a team to league victory in three different decades is unlikely to ever be matched. Yet, sadly, those qualities that made him excel in a back four don't seem to have helped him in his quest to succesfully manage a football team.
To date, the longest amount of time Adams has spent in charge of a club was at Wycombe Wanderers - his first attempt at management after retiring as a player. He took over in 2003 and the team were relegated under his watch: he left the following year after only 53 games in charge. His longevity in a head coaching role has almost halved with every successive appointment since. He managed 22 games in charge of Portsmouth during an ugly spell for the club, 12 games in charge of Azerbaijan's Gabala FC and - most recently - a run of 7 games managing Granada CF. His resume is unlikely to do the rounds in the Premier League any time soon.
2. Alan Shearer
Former Newcastle United manager Alan Shearer (R) is photographed before their match against Middlesbrough
Alan Shearer isn't exactly scared of the cameras. He's been soaking up the limelight ever since he first made a name for himself as an exceptional talent in the very early '90s. Never short of confidence, he scored abundantly in almost every season he spent as a Premier League star, so if anyone was qualified to handle the pressures and stresses of management, you'd think it would be him.
Sadly his only spell in management, at his beloved Newcastle United, did not quite go to plan. Electing to take on the intense responsibility of trying to save the club from relegation with only 8 games left to play of the 2008-09 season, he ultimately fell short of the hurdle after a famous loss on the final day of the season. Although not the most disastrous foray, it seems unlikely that Shearer will give up punditry for coaching again any time soon.
1. Gary Neville
Gary Neville former manager of Valencia CF gives instructions during the match against RCD Espanyol.
They say it's easy to be a critic, but when it comes to assessing the performance of players, Gary Neville can't exactly be accussed of not knowing what he's talking about. His playing days at Manchester United were triumphant by any reasonable standards, and his reputation as an excellent reader of the game has been born out in his post-playing career as a sharp-tongued pundit.
But when it comes to assessing the decisions of actual managers, recent experiences on the touchline should give the former Red Devil good reason to pause and reflect. Although he can't be charged with full responsibility, Neville's time as assistant manager of England coincided with some of the most insipid and disappointing football the national team have produced at major tournaments. His spell at the helm of Valencia was little more inspiring: the team failed to keep a clean sheet in La Liga during his time as manager, winning only three of the 16 games for which Neville was in charge.