Before They Were Famous

So where did it all begin for the managers of some of the best football clubs in the world?

Pep Guardiola recently reminded Gary Lineker of his days as a ball boy at Barcelona while Lineker was a player and said he cannot forgive him for never giving him his shirt! Watch his playful BBC Interview here -

So where else did everyone start?

  • David Moyes – Before he managed Everton, Manchester United and Sunderland in the Premier League, David Moyes started out as a centre-half at Celtic during which time he won a championship medal and made 24 league appearances. His international career saw him Captain Scotland at U18 age group. Moyes made over 550 league appearances in his career before becoming a coach at Preston, working his way up to assistant manager before eventually taking over as manager in 1998.
  • Josè Mourinho - After a modest playing career, in 1992 Josè became an interpreter for former England manager Bobby Robson at Sporting Lisbon. He then went on to become a sporting assistant coach between 1994 and 1996. He is now regarded by a number of players, coaches, and commentators as one of the greatest and most successful managers in the world.
  • Jock Stein –After he left school, Stein worked in a carpet factory before going down the pits to become a miner. Football became an escape from the Lanarkshire coal mines for Jock. Stein first played for senior club Albion Rovers as a trialist in 1942 and then went on to sign for the Coatbridge club. He continued to work as a miner during the week, which was a reserved occupation during the Second World War. This allowed Stein to play regularly, as many of their other players were serving in the Armed Forces. Jock went on to became the first manager of a British side to win the European Cup, with Celtic in 1967 and was awarded a CBE in 1970.

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Before They Were Famous