Which Premier League managers make a dream XI based on their quality as players?

first_img Centre-back: Frank de Boer – Completing our all-Dutch centre-back pairing is the brand new Crystal Palace manager. De Boer starred for Ajax and Barcelona, amongst others, throughout his career, winning five Dutch league titles and one Spanish Liga. He is the Netherlands’ most capped outfield player with 112. 11 11 11 11 Central attacking midfield: Michael Laudrup – Another ‘Dream Team’ star is former Swansea manager Laudrup who is hailed as one of the finest attacking midfielders of all time. The Danish midfielder won nine trophies in his time at Barcelona, including four consecutive LaLiga titles. He then moved to arch rivals Real Madrid in 1995 and won another title. Left-back: Stuart Pearce – The Englishman was manager of Manchester City from 2005 to 2007 but, as a player, earned a reputation as a tough individual at left-back. Pearce won 78 England caps, but at club level he enjoyed great success at Nottingham Forest. The defender starred for the club between 1985 and 1997 and won two league cups in his time. Centre-back: Ronald Koeman – As a player the Everton manager was hailed as one of the all-time greatest central defenders thanks to his passing, vision and free-kick ability. After winning four Dutch titles, with Ajax and PSV, Koeman moved to Barcelona in 1989 to become part of Johan Cruyff’s ‘Dream Team’ that won four Liga titles in a row. The former Southampton boss also won the 1988 European Championship with his country. The Premier League is soon to be 25 years of age and we have seen a vast collection of managers work on these shores – some of whom were great players.With Crystal Palace’s appointment of Frank de Boer – himself a superb footballer once upon a time – it sparked a debate on whether he would get into a best XI made up of players who have gone on to manage in the Premier League.So here at talkSPORT we have put together a side made up of the best players who have had a stint in charge in the English top flight.We have not included interim bosses or caretakers, and have opted for a 4-3-3 formation, so scroll through the gallery above to find out who has made the grade in our line-up. 11 Defensive midfield: Pep Guardiola – Before he began making waves as one of the world’s best bosses, the Manchester City manager was pulling strings in midfield as a player – particularly at Barcelona. He joined the famed La Masia academy as a 13-year-old and went on to star in the first team for more than a decade winning 16 trophies. He was a crucial component in the Cruyff ‘Dream Team’ and went on to inspire the likes of Xavi and Andres Iniesta. Supporting striker: Gianfranco Zola – The diminutive Italian signed for Chelsea in 1996 and went on to become a star in London as a player. In seven years the attacking magician lit up the league and helped lead the club’s resurgence before Abramovich’s money arrived in 2003. He won two FA Cups and a Football League Cup with the Blues as well as the 1998 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup. He managed West Ham between 2008 and 2010 in the Premier League and, despite being one of the nicest men in football, his coaching career hasn’t lived up to his playing one. 11 Right-back: Quique Sanchez-Flores – The ex-Watford, and current Espanyol boss began his playing career at Valencia and went on to play more than 300 times for the Spanish club. In 1994 he moved to Real Madrid and won LaLiga in his first season. He also picked up 15 caps for Spain in his time. Centre-midfield: Roy Keane – In amongst the silky skills of Guardiola and Laudrup we feel it’s important to have a midfield enforcer and they don’t come much better than former Sunderland manager Keane. After originally starring for Nottingham Forest, Keane became a fiercely competitive midfielder and captain for Manchester United between 1993 and 2005. He amassed a total of 17 trophies with the Red Devils. Left striker: Kenny Dalglish – ‘King’ Kenny was undoubtedly a great manager, who had success at Liverpool before the inception of the Premier League, which he won as Blackburn boss in 1995. But Dalglish was also a world-renowned forward for Celtic and Liverpool. At Anfield the Scot won six league titles and three European Cups – impressive to say the least. 11 11 11 11 11 Right striker: Kevin Keegan – Manager of both Newcastle United and Manchester City in the Premier League era, Keegan was once the world’s greatest player. After six phenomenal trophy-laden years with Liverpool, where he won three league titles, a move to Hamburg followed in 1977. Keegan continued to star in Germany, leading the team to the 1979 Bundesliga championship, and he won the Ballon d’Or in 1978 and 1979. Goalkeeper: Nigel Adkins – By virtue of being the only goalkeeper who has managed in the Premier League, the former Southampton boss is in our team. Adkins’ playing career took in spells at Tranmere Rovers, Wigan Athletic and Bangor City. last_img

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