As the concept of a player-manager is virtually non-existent in the modern game, with clubs preferring each man to his won role it is interesting to predict which players of the current crop have the insight and ability to cut it as a manager.
Here are five stars who could go on to become great managers:
Andrea Pirlo | Juventus
The Euro 2012 finalist and 2013 Serie A winner is only getting better with age and with every season that comes his reading of the game improves, as does his industry and craft for his team.
Pirlo has always been world-class but it is down to his extraordinary range of passing and vision that he becomes the leading deep-lying playmaker in the world.
L'architetto (the architect) is able to dictate play in any team that he is in and he is a model professional for any youngster idolising footballers and their lifestyles. He would bring invention and life to any team he manages and is quoted as being a 'father-figure' around the club which would rub off on his players.
Ryan Giggs | Manchester United
The man is a legend for both Wales and United and is older than many of the managers he faces. Having already done his coaching badges it is inevitable that the 39-year-old goes into management after he calls time on his illustrious career.
He was a candidate for the briefly vacant Manchester United position this week but, as I said earlier, the concept of the player-manager is long gone.
Giggs would have a reserved management style, not dissimilar to that of Ferguson, and would expect his players to give their all for as long as they can.
The likelihood is that Giggs would end up at Old Trafford where he already is a fan-favourite, but I feel his reading of the game would bring him success anywhere.
Xavi Hernández | Barcelona
The Barcelona midfield maestro has been in the Barcelona setup for 15 years now and is widely considered the best passer of the ball in the modern game. He is the one to slow the ball down to the speed Barcelona play and it is he who has ultimately defined one of the most successful eras of any club.
Wherever he goes Xavi will look to implement his footballing philosophy of the 'tiki-taka' style firmly in the team's strategy and one can expect his team to zip the ball about and move a lot when off the ball. Of course there is no better place than Xavi to be other than Barcelona.
Wayne Rooney | Manchester United
It could be said that Wayne Rooney is the most passionate man on a football field and this would not be an understatement. Rooney has, at times, gone over the top with his desire to win but his knowledge of the game is such that he should be able to cut it as a manager as witnessed by his ability to play midfield, out wide and up top.
However, what could we expect from the English striker? Rooney would be able to bring a 'never-say-die' attitude towards each and every game and so his players would be willing to give everything for him, again not dissimilar to Sir Alex Ferguson. Providing he has support from the club and feels comfortable Rooney would thrive in a manager's position.
Frank Lampard | Chelsea
Intelligence is obviously essential to management and with an A* to his name in GCSE Latin the man is clearly clever and is clearly able to get his head around complex strategies and structures. Also, Frank Lampard has seen a lot of managers come and go through the Chelsea doors so he must have picked up where some of them have been going wrong and so he could right the wrongs of these managers in his own career.
Lampard also has the loyalty to remain at a club for a long time as witnessed in his playing career at Chelsea which could please both board and fans. With Lampard growing up and submerged in a footballing family he may well follow in the footsteps of his uncle Harry Redknapp and be a highly successful manager.
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