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How England’s Golden Generation performed as managers and coaches


Wayne Rooney is the latest member of England’s Golden Generation to hang up his boots and retire.

The 35-year-old has been appointed Director of Derby County on a permanent full-time basis, having already taken over as interim boss since November.

Many of his former Three Liones colleagues of the mid-2000s have already dabbled in management and coaching, although some have been more successful than others. However, many others have chosen to bypass coaching altogether and forged a successful second career in media as pundits or presenters.

Here’s a look at what the different members of the Golden Generation are so far and how those who have moved on to management have been successful.

Steven gerrard
Steven Gerrard to win Scottish title with Rangers this season | Ian MacNicol / Getty Images

Of all the golden generation, Steven gerrard did the best job of management. Frank Lampard might ask to differ… although few would probably agree with him.

Gerrard started coaching in the Liverpool youth ranks when he retired and was appointed Rangers boss in the summer of 2018. The Glasgow giants have improved considerably since taking over and will finish almost certainly 2020/21 with their first title since forced relegation in 2012.

Lampard is undoubtedly managing at a higher level, but he’s struggling to keep his head above water in his second year at the helm of Chelsea. The retired midfielder had a free pass in his first year, but spending more than £ 200million is unlikely to cause the squad to regress.

Lampard started his managerial career with a year at Derby in which he failed to achieve his only goal, which was to secure promotion to the Premier League.

Frank Lampard
Frank Lampard is under pressure at Chelsea | Marc Atkins / Getty Images

After the failure of his political career attempt, Sol Campbell First became an assistant coach for the Trinidad and Tobago national team, before being named to Macclesfield Town in 2018, which was five points behind in League Two at the time.

Campbell kept the club in the EFL, but left when they couldn’t afford to offer him a new contract. He then had a rough time at Southend, who ended up being relegated from Ligue 1.

Gary Neville prefers to forget that he has always been a manager. The former Manchester United defender quit a comfortable media job in 2015 to take charge of Valencia, owned by Singaporean billionaire Peter Lim, with whom Neville was already a co-investor at Salford City.

Previously England assistant manager, Neville was sacked after three months after just one La Liga win in 16 games and no clean sheet. He has returned to expertise and will likely stay there.

Gary Neville
Gary Neville had a disastrous fate in Valencia | Fotopress / Getty Images

Phil Neville also touched on management. He started out as a member of David Moyes’ backroom staff at the former Manchester United club, then briefly served as a goalkeeper at Salford, the club he shares with his brother and friends, before dropping out the post of manager of England Women.

Neville is now set to take over from Inter Miami, partly owned by close friend David Beckham.

Kind of like Gary Neville, Paul Scholes turned out to be better suited to expertise than management upon retirement. He served as Salford’s interim boss twice and was appointed manager of Oldham in 2019, but only lasted a month in his post.

Jonathan woodgate is not always considered to be part of the golden generation as injuries ravaged his career when he should have been in tournament contention in the mid-2000s. His one season in management saw Middlesbrough win being almost relegated from the championship.

John terry
John Terry is Assistant Manager at Aston Villa | Catherine Ivill / Getty Images

Former England and Chelsea captain John terry went straight to training when he hung up his boots at Aston Villa in 2018 and has been the club’s assistant manager ever since.

Nicky butt got involved in training and player development at Manchester United almost as soon as he retired in 2011. He was appointed head of the club’s academy in 2016 and was promoted to head of team development. first team in 2019.

Ashley Cole ended his playing career with Derby County in 2019, but remained on Frank Lampard’s coaching staff. He has since followed Lampard to the former Chelsea club.

Ashley Cole
Ashley Cole coached at Derby and Chelsea | Chloe Knott – Danehouse / Getty Images

Namesake Joe cole was also a coach at Chelsea, working in the youth setup. He left this post in order to expand his football horizons across the world shortly before the planet fell under the clutches of the coronavirus and his coaching career was therefore put on hold.

Ledley king moved from an ambassadorial role to a coaching role at Tottenham in August 2020.

Michael carrick has been a first team coach at Manchester United since his retirement in 2018 and has worked with Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Old Trafford.

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Jamie Carragher is a lead voice on Sky Sports | Pool / Getty Images

Jamie Carragher has never been tempted to pursue a career in management and instead has established a reputation as one of the best experts in the game. The fortune of Sky Sports colleague Gary Neville will likely deter him from risking this.

Rio Ferdinand once flirted with the idea of ​​a second professional boxing career, but he hung up his gloves without a single fight. He has been a pillar of the BT Sport expert team since 2015.

Owen Hargreaves is another regular at the BT Sport panel, while Michael owen also works on network game coverage from time to time.

Peter Crouch did not follow the traditional path of the experts and instead combined football and sports with entertainment. His BBC podcast was a huge success, as he went on to run a BBC TV show called Peter Crouch: saving our summer in 2020.

Jermaine Jenas has also diversified his television career. In addition to an expert concert on the BBC’s match of the day, he also became the co-host of a daily magazine program. The unique show.

David Beckham, Luis Robles
David Beckham is president of his own football club | Michael Reaves / Getty Images

David Beckham was captain of England during the Golden Generation era, but he never took either of the post-game career paths to coaching or working on television.

Instead, Beckham devoted much of his retirement to charity work around the world, as well as building his own MLS club, Inter Miami, from scratch.

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