I guess it has been proven that common sense is not so common after all! Why do I say that? Looking at the most successful players under Arsene Wenger and Sir Alex Ferguson’s reign, no one can pin point a player who can actually take over from the two.
If I was to take it further, even the successful players during the reign of the most successful coaches such as Carlo Ancelotti and Fabio Capello, among others have failed horribly when it comes to management. Pep Guardiola cannot really be termed as a success in this regard because he took a blue print of Barcelona that had already being designed and used it to perfection. No one can take that from him. Conte, with the Italian national team is another one, although he does have his limitations as any Juventus fan will attest.
However for every Guardiola and Conte, there is a Roy Keane or Tony Adams who have failed dismally when it comes to coaching.
My question is, why have the players who watched these successful coaches over the years and seen them in action first hand not learnt from them? Granted, everyone is different when it comes to personalities…some are quiet, others loud etc etc , but there is always something we can learn from others no matter how different we are.
Obviously some coaches such as Wenger, Fergie, and Mourinho were not…extraordinary players but ended up being very good coaches but others like Capello and Ancelotti were both good players and coaches so that ends up being a moot point.
And my question is only reserved for coaching. It is the comments some of these former players actually have the nerve to blurt out. How many fans actually listen to Michael Owen, Ian Wright and Pele? Very few , if any, and yet these were great players who, “learnt from the best,” but have really nothing between their ears.
At least some players have learnt that being a pundit is the way to go, like Martin Keown and Gary Neville, and they do ask intelligent questions (although I do wonder why Keown is always questioning Wenger when he knows him so well instead of pointing out what needs to be done).
So, in a nut shell, what the hell were these players doing in the dressing room? Because they sound ridiculous when they open their mouths.