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Can Clarence Seedorf buck the trend at AC Milan?

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The media has been buzzing with the name of the new kid on the block.

Just 24-hours after he called time on his illustrious playing career, Clarence Seedorf was named as Massimiliano Allegri's successor.

This appointment has many critics talking. Their questions are well justified as in the past, great players have not necessarily made it as great coaches.

If we pick the example of Diego Maradona, who is among the all-time greats, went on to coach Argentina at the World Cup but lasted just two years before joining Dubai club Al Wasl FC, lasting just over a year before getting sacked.

If we pick the examples of Rafael Benítez, Arsene Wenger and José Mourinho, they never got a chance to play on Europe's biggest stage but they are among Europe's most successful managers.

Arsene Wenger amassed only 64 senior appearances, Rafael Benítez managed 405 appearances while in the Real Madrid academy while José Mourinho managed 94 senior level games.

In the past Maradona did not show maturity in reading the game from the sidelines hence he was not able to succeed against tactically stable sides.

Maradona is the latest victim of this as the Argentine side that he led to the 2010 World Cup was outclassed by a tactically stable Germany; this shows how far they had to work so as to be able to perform at the highest level.

Another question that can be asked is whether Clarence should have been a little bit more patient and follow the example of Zinedine Zidane who is an assistant coach and sporting director at Real Madrid and Ryan Giggs who is currently a player-coach at Manchester United.

These two players have resorted to gaining coaching experience before fighting it out with the big fish in the soccer world.

Ole Gunnar Solskjær after calling time on his playing career went to the lower leagues and he has achieved quite a lot; for example the reserves league with Manchester United.

He now has enough experience to tackle the challenge of the Premier League with Cardiff City. With all this, fans can only wait and see if he can become a success.

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