Reputable coaches often struggle to make the switch to becoming successful managers.
Fulham manager Rene Meulensteen has been involved in recruiting Alan Curbishley and Ray Wilkins to the club's staff in either a shrewd coaching ploy or a glaring statement that he is concerned with his own managerial ability.
Jose Mourinho coached and translated at Barcelona under Sir Bobby Robson's guidance before diving into the deep end in Portugal.
His honours list since taking the helm at Porto is absolutely astonishing: treble victories, back-to-back league titles and dominating Europe were all in a decade's work for the 'Special One'.
However, for most of the coaches that make the transition from coach to manager, the switch is not so enjoyable.
Recently, in the Premier League, Steve Clarke stepped out of the shadow of assistant manager to grab the lead role at West Bromwich Albion.
His reign started brilliantly with an eighth placed finish providing the Baggies with their best league position in over 30 years.
Although following a string of somewhat unfortunate results Clarke then lost his job as manager shortly before Christmas.
Now Fulham have turned to a former coach to help steer the team away from a relegation fight that currently has ten teams in the mix.
Meulensteen boasts an impressive reputation working with champions Manchester United for many years but an unsuccessful short spell in Russia raised eyebrows for Fulham fans when he was appointed.
Bizarrely, Meulensteen had been drafted in to the coaching team to oversee Martin Jol's exit and eventually replaced his compatriot a couple of weeks later.
Two former managers have since joined the new head coach too as Ray Wilkins and Alan Curbishley bolster the Fulham staff.
Some have criticised the move to have so many managers working at one club but as long as Meulensteen has final say, surrounding himself with people who know what it takes to stay in the league then this scenario must surely be a positive for Fulham.
The Whites suffered a heavy defeat to Sunderland at Craven Cottage at the weekend which will have hurt them but a cup win against Norwich last night should boost the squads confidence.
Fulham play Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium next weekend which will be a supremely tough London derby and any points from this game will be a massive bonus for survival hopes.
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