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7 Managers Who Never Played Football

Portsmouth Manager Avram Grant greets fans after the Barclays Premier League match between Burnley and Portsmouth at Turf Moor on February 27, 2010 in Burnley, England.

The most common route into football management is, rather unsurprisingly, having been a professional footballer and then transitioning into coaching and management. It has become increasingly clear over the years that one's ability on the pitch is of absolutely no bearing on one’s talents in the dugout, and some of the finest managers in world football right now were really mediocre or worse than mediocre players themselves.

Last 7 World Cup Winning Managers: Where Are They Now?

Joachim Loew, head coach of Germany reacts during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group F match between Korea Republic and Germany at Kazan Arena on June 27, 2018 in Kazan, Russia.

The high pressure and high quality nature of a World Cup, twinned with the fact that it only comes along once every four years, makes it a very difficult trophy to win as a manager. Only one coach has ever won the Jules-RImet Trophy more than once, and that was Vittorio Pozzo way back in 1938.

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Portsmouth Manager Avram Grant greets fans after the Barclays Premier League match between Burnley and Portsmouth at Turf Moor on February 27, 2010 in Burnley, England.

7 Managers Who Never Played Football

The most common route into football management is, rather unsurprisingly, having been a professional footballer and then transitioning into coaching and management. It has become increasingly clear over the years that one's ability on the pitch is of absolutely no bearing on one’s talents in the dugout, and some of the finest managers in world football right now were really mediocre or worse than mediocre players themselves.