Football

5 Managers who managed their old clubs and were successful

Johan Cruyff

Johan Cruyff is an iconic Dutch manager who managed two clubs whom he represented as a player. However, his legacy is more important than the total number of trophies he won as a manager.

He managed Ajax and  Barcelona.

Ajax won a Dutch Cup and a UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup when he was the head coach which weren’t much for a club of Ajax side. Though, the system he implanted in the Club won them the Champions League in 1995. The Ajax team that reached the Champions League semi-final also followed the style that Cruyff initiated.

His managerial career at Barcelona was much more successful, and he won 11 trophies with the Club. His Philosophy converted Barcelona from a struggling club to a World Power in football.

His most significant contribution was setting up La Masia, the football academy of the Club.

The Barcelona side still plays in the method suggested by Cruyff.

Pep Guardiola

Pep Guardiola is a product of the system installed by Cruyff at Barcelona.  Guardiola was a pivotal player in Cruyff dream team that went on to win the Champions trophy in 1992. Guardiola also captained the side set-up by Cruyff.

He later managed the side from 2008 and is the only manager to have won more trophies than Cruyff as a Barcelona manager. He won 14 trophies in just four seasons including three La Liga title and two Champions Trophies.

Diego Simeone

Simeone played for Atletico Madrid in two different spells. He won La Liga and Copa del Rey in 1996. However, he has enjoyed greater success as a manager with Los Rojiblancos, delivering seven significant trophies.

The highlight for his career was a league title in 2014 and narrowly missing on a Champions League title the same year. Two Europa League titles he won has somewhat softened the blow.

Bob Paisley

Paisley is one of those players who are the epitome of loyalty in football. Paisley started as a player in 1939 before announcing his retirement in 1954.

He joined the Club as a Physiotherapist soon after his retirement and was promoted to the role of the assistant manager under Bill Shankly. He was made manager in 1974 after the departure of Bill Shankly.

Liverpool won 19 trophies under Paisley including six league titles and three European Cups. Paisley left Liverpool in 1983.

He is often considered as one of the greatest managers ever and is the most successful Liverpool manager in terms of trophy count.

Kenny Dalglish

Kenny Dalglish managed two clubs that he played for that is Celtic and Liverpool. The legendary Scot striker played 2004 times for Celtic and won nine trophies for them before leaving for Liverpool in 1997. He came back to Celtic as a manager in 2000 and won the Scottish Cup defeating Rangers in what was his only season as the manager of the Club.

Kenny achieved more success both as a player and a manager of Liverpool. He made 322 appearances as a player for Liverpool and scored 167 goals winning 22 trophies for the team. Dalglish was voted number 1 on the list of players who shook the Club.

As a Liverpool manager, Kenny won 3 league titles, 2 FA Cups, 1 League Cup and 1 Super Cup. He is often regarded as the greatest ever red.

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