Coaches-players simultaneously

Entrenadores-jugadores al mismo tiempo
Ryan Giggs ended his career as a Manchester United player-coach. PHOTO: The Sun

Last update 25 March, 2024 by Alberto Llopis

Which footballers were coaches-players at the same time? Ryan Giggs made the news at the end of the season 2013/14. The eternal United captain acted as player-coach at the Manchester club starring in the curious fact of taking himself out on the pitch in the last Premier match where he said goodbye to the fans of Old Trafford.

A widely used figure (more before than now) in English football and yet it has not spread much to other countries. In Hanged For Football, We take advantage of some of the most notorious cases of players who were coaches at the same time.. They executed what they ordered. But did they charge for one or two?

Footballers who were player-coaches

1- Luis Aragones: El Sabio de Hortaleza starred in the first sounded case of player-coach in Spain in his last year as a player. He did it just after finishing the final of the European Cup 1974 and he was only half a year holding that double position before his final retirement.

2- Ruud Güllit and Gianluca Vialli: the eternal Dutch midfielder led Chelsea on the benches between 1996 y 1998, period where he combined that direction also on the pitch. Until in 18 encounters knew how to combine that double task that he also repeated Gianluca Vialli for two years at club blue.

futbolistas que entrenadores-jugadores
Ruud Güllit He was a Chelsea player-coach. PHOTO: Google

3- Romario: seeing Romario as a coach has its joke. But even more is seeing him multiply in his tasks. However, this happened in 2007 with Vasco de Gama as a witness. Romario had already reached the 1000 goals as a professional and it was time to show his skills to the youngest.

4- George Weah: the Liberian made the most difficult yet. He led his national team between the year 2000 y 2002. His knowledge of the game from the bench had a recipient first: your speed up. Later he was president of Liberia.

5- Kenny Dalglish: the most famous case and also the one that gave the best result. For five years, Liverpool's Scottish forward knew how to double his efforts and perform effectively as a forward and as a coach. I win the Premier with Liverpool as player-coach.

Player-Coach Equipment(s) Season(s)
Bandera de Italia Ercole Carzino Sampierdarenese 1931 – 1933
Bandera de Alemania Hennes Weisweiler 1. FC Cologne 1949 – 1952
Bandera de Argentina Adolfo Pedernera Millonaries FC 1950 – 1954
Bandera de Alemania Erwin Helmchen VfB Lübeck 1950
Bandera de Francia Albert Batteux Reims stadium 1950
Bandera de Alemania Helmut Schön Hertha BSC Berlin 1950 – 1951
Bandera de Inglaterra Bandera de Nueva Zelanda Ken Armstrong New Zealand 1958 – 1962
Bandera de Alemania Helmut Benthaus FC Basel 1965 – 1971
Bandera de Japón Kunishige Kamamoto Yanmar Diesel (Cerezo Osaka) 1978 – 1984
Bandera de Inglaterra Kenny Dalglish Liverpool FC 1986 – 1991
Bandera de AlemaniaUwe Reinders Eintracht Braunschweig 1987 – 1989
Bandera de InglaterraTrevor Francis Queens Park Rangers FC
Sheffield Wednesday FC
1988 – 1989
1991 – 1995
Bandera de Inglaterra Glenn Hoddle Swindon Town
Chelsea FC
1991 – 1993
1993 – 1995
Bandera de Inglaterra Alan Curbishley Charlton Athletic FC 1991 – 1996
Bandera de Ucrania Alexander Zavarov CO Saint-Dizier 1995 – 1998
Bandera de los Países Bajos Ruud Gullit Chelsea FC 1996 – 1998
Bandera de Escocia Davie Irons Annan Athletic FC 1997 – 2002
Bandera de Italia Gianluca Vialli Chelsea FC 1998 – 2000
Bandera de Nueva Zelanda Wynton Rufer Football Kingz 1999 – 2002
Bandera de Alemania Karl-Heinz Riedle Fulham FC 2000
Flag of Liberia.svg George Weah Liberia 2000 – 2002
Bandera de Inglaterra Paul Merson Walsall FC 2004 – 2006
Bandera de Alemania Marco Kurz SC Pfullendorf 2005
Bandera de Rusia Bandera de Ucrania Igor Dobrovolskiy Tiligul-Tiras Tiraspol 2005 – 2006
Bandera de Alemania Dorinel Munteanu CFR Cluj 2005 – 2006
Bandera de Inglaterra Paul Ince Macclesfield Town FC 2006 – 2007
Bandera de Brasil Romário Vasco da Gama 2007
Flag of Trinidad and Tobago.svg Russell Latapy Falkirk FC 2007 – 2009
Bandera de Argentina Bandera del Perú Sergio Ibarra Scienceno
Sport Huancayo
2013 –
Bandera de Inglaterra Neil Emblen Waitakere United 2010 – 2012
</noinclude> Tony Jamieson Tupa Maraerenga FC 2011 – 2012
Bandera de Irlanda Brian Shelley Ballarat Red Devils
Waitakere United
2011 – 2012
Ryan Giggs Manchester United FC 2014

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One thought on “Coaches-players simultaneously

  1. The truth is that it is a curious phenomenon, very curious and that I personally believed that it had only happened a couple of times.

    I think it is a risky bet that I doubt that all the members of the group accept, given that, taken to the labor field, It would be like your coworker from one day to the next happened to be your boss.

    Although for the moment, Manchester is not achieving bad results, ¿no?

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