5 football managers who never played professionally
Most footballers’ career paths are predictable. As soon as their playing careers end, most of them choose to become managers. However, not all of them played professionally before. Check out this article to learn more.
Currently managing German professional football club RB Leipzig, Nagelsmann did not make it as a professional footballer. He played at youth level for 1860 Munich and Augsburg but had persistent knee injuries which ended his career before it even launched. He then took a Sports Science course and started his coaching career.
Villas-Boas career portfolio is incredible! He managed Porto, Chelsea, and Tottenham Hotspur in the past. Sir Bobby Robson, then Porto manager, recommended him to the management and Villas-Boas later received his A license at the age of 19. He also became the youngest manager ever to win a European title!
Jardim started his managerial career when he was 27 years old. He worked as an assistant at local club A.D. Camacha for two years. Later, he was promoted to head coach and his career started to kick off. He managed Camacha, Beira-Mar and Sporting CP to name a few. He was doing okay till his disappointing 2018-19 season with Monaco. He was relieved of his duties and recalled but his second tenure lasted less than a year.
Rodgers almost had a professional football career. He was signed by Reading at the age of 18 but his knee condition forced him to retire 2 years later. His first job as a head coach was at Watford in 2008. Rodgers then went on to manage Liverpool in 2012 before being sacked in 2015.
At the age of 61-years-old, Sarri is still managing Juventus. Like some of the managers on this list, Sarri also missed out on a shot at becoming a professional footballer due to a knee injury. But he sure has had an amazing career as a manager with various known football clubs .