Diego Maradona Presents DVD In Milan

Inter Milan fired Dutch legend and former Ajax manager Frank de Boer, days ago less than 3 months after his appointment.

The former Barcelona player had a relative level of success coaching in the Eredivisie, but failed on one of the biggest stages there is in Europe.

He joins the long list of extraordinary players who never made that transition to coaching on the same level of quality they played with.

Here are 5 other soccer greats who couldn’t make much of their coaching career.

Diego Maradona

The Argentine legend is regarded by many as the greatest footballer of all time, and while debates could rage on for days as regards that, there is no denying how poor a coach he was after his managerial stints.

He first took up a managerial role with his home national team, and led them to the 2010 World Cup. However, a 4-nil shellacking at the hands of Germany in the knockout stages earned him an untimely dismissal.

Maradona wasn’t convinced of his mediocre coaching abilities, and he tried his hands on club football, managing Al Wasl of United Arab Emirates. He didn’t spend half a season before he was once again shown the exit.


The Italian goal machine is a proud owner of 2 Champions League medals, and bagged over 300 strikes for both club and country in what was an illustrious playing career.

His shortlived coaching career is far from being described as worthwhile, though.

Milan decided to hire him for the benefit of the doubt, but his playing exploits couldn’t result in any tactical brilliance as the Serie A giants finished 10th at the end of his single season in charge.

Milan also hired another ex-player of theirs, Clarence Seedorf. That didn’t end well either.

Roy Keane

Tough talking and tough tackling are 2 words (or 4?) that best describe this Manchester United legend.

One would have thought he wouldn’t have a hard time turning any side he manages into gold. Not so.

Despite a promising start to his managerial career at Sunderland, the 7-time EPL winner decided to walk away in his 2nd season in charge.

He took up an appointment with Ipswich Town, but the club weren’t putting up performances worthy of earning promotion, and the management didn’t hesitate to part ways with him in the middle of his 2nd season in charge.

Ruud Gullit

Perhaps, his soccer super powers were hidden in his dreadlocks, and once he cut them off, it told on his tactical abilities on the touch line.

The Dutch and AC Milan legend did lead Chelsea to an F.A Cup triumph before clashing with the management, but that was about anything positive he did as a coach.

Stints at Newcastle, LA Galaxy and Russian side Terek Grozny, didn’t go well as he resigned at the first 2 before getting the sack at the last.

Tony Adams

Mr Arsenal made over 650 appearances for the north London side under George Graham in a career that spanned over 2 decades, winning 4 League titles and 3 F.A Cups.

However, his coaching career was nowhere near long nor glorious.

Wycombe further dropped down the tiers in his only season with the club, while Portsmouth fired him after few months following a series of poor results.

He tried his hands at coaching an Azerbaijan Premier League side Gabala FC, but after a year and half of not making anything extraordinary out of the Asian side, Adams returned home.

Paul Koroma

I learned all about life with a ball at my feet. Soccer allows me to push the limitation of creativity and express myself without saying a word. Soccer is my addiction. I train. I play, and I repeat every single day.

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