“HE’S STILL THE BEST ON THE TRAIN­ING PITCH”

Not ev­ery elite player makes an elite man­ager. Here’s how some of Zi­zou’s fel­low Bal­lon d’or win­ners have fared in the dugout

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HRISTO STO­ICHKOV

The Barça icon has man­aged Bul­garia, Celta Vigo and Li­tex Lovech, amongst oth­ers, but hasn’t en­joyed much suc­cess in the dugout. The two most likely fac­tors are Sto­ichkov’s hot-head­ed­ness (he’s fallen out with sev­eral of his play­ers), and his in­sis­tence that “I don’t be­lieve in tac­tics”. His Bul­garia side once lined up in a 2-4-4...

MARCO VAN BAS­TEN

The Dutch me­dia were baf­fled when the in­ex­pe­ri­enced Van Bas­ten be­came na­tional team coach in 2004. His side shone brightly dur­ing the Euro 2008 group stage, be­fore a sur­prise quar­ter-fi­nal de­feat to Rus­sia. Spells at Ajax and Heeren­veen fol­lowed, be­fore his ten­ure at AZ Alk­maar was cut short by a stress-re­lated heart prob­lem.

RUUD GUL­LIT

For a while it seemed like the mas­ter of ‘sexy foot­ball’ could be join­ing the man­age­rial elite: he helped put Chelsea on the map pre-abramovich, win­ning the 1997 FA Cup. Yet it quickly went south up at New­cas­tle – he didn’t get on with marks­man Alan Shearer and dropped the striker for a loss to Sun­der­land. He walked out three days later.

KEVIN KEE­GAN

King Kev took New­cas­tle from the sec­ond tier to the brink of Pre­mier League glory, be­fore fall­ing ag­o­nis­ingly short and even­tu­ally pack­ing it in. Later bowed to pub­lic pres­sure and left Ful­ham for Eng­land, be­fore quit­ting. Led Manch­ester City from the sec­ond tier and into Europe, be­fore a brief, un­happy sec­ond stint with the Mag­pies.

FRANZ BECK­EN­BAUER

Lost the 1986 World Cup Fi­nal with West Ger­many but got his re­venge against Ar­gentina four years later at Italia 90. He then guided Mar­seille to the Ligue 1 ti­tle and Euro­pean Cup fi­nal in 1991, prior to two spells with Bay­ern Mu­nich which saw him seal the Bun­desliga and UEFA Cup. Has since ‘moved up­stairs’ rather than dwell in the dugout.

OLEG BLOKHIN

The Soviet Union’s star striker of the ’70s led Olympia­cos in the early-90s (where he won the Greek Cup), then bounced around the Greek Su­per­league for a decade be­fore tak­ing the Ukraine job in 2003. He guided them to the quar­ter-fi­nals of the 2006 World Cup, but in his sec­ond stint failed to get out of the group dur­ing Euro 2012.

BOBBY CHARL­TON

The at­tack­ing mid­fielder won al­most ev­ery­thing as a player, but he couldn’t fol­low that up with man­age­rial glory. Bobby grabbed the reigns at Pre­ston in 1973 but his first cam­paign ended in rel­e­ga­tion to the old Third Di­vi­sion. Fail­ure to go back up af­ter his sec­ond sea­son and a slow start to the third meant he left Deep­dale un­der a cloud.

JO­HAN CRUYFF

When Cruyff re­turned to Barça as man­ager in 1988, La Ma­sia prised physique over skill and waved good­bye to any de­cent teenagers who wouldn’t grow to at least 5ft 9in. Lionel Messi, An­dres Ini­esta and Xavi are all 5ft 7in. In the 89 years be­fore Cruyff, Barça won 40 tro­phies; in the 29 years since they’ve col­lected 48. ‘Nuff said, re­ally.

STAN­LEY MATTHEWS

The first re­cip­i­ent of the Bal­lon d’or moved across the Pot­ter­ies to lead Port Vale in ’67. Ex­pelled from the Foot­ball League over fi­nan­cial ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties – ow­ing Stan­ley £7,000 in the process – the Valiants needed to use the for­mer wide­man’s good name to get re-elected back into the league. Ut­terly dis­il­lu­sioned by it all, he never man­aged again.

AL­FREDO DI STE­FANO

The Blonde Ar­row guided both Boca Ju­niors and River Plate to league ti­tles, as well as win­ning La Liga and the Euro­pean Cup Win­ners’ Cup while at Va­len­cia. He was less suc­cess­ful at Real Madrid, fin­ish­ing run­ners-up in five com­pe­ti­tions in 1982-83 in­clud­ing La Liga, the Copa del Rey and the Cup Win­ners’ Cup to Alex Fer­gu­son’s Aberdeen.

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