By Milcah Tanimu
Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has expressed his belief that former players, such as Wayne Rooney, often face “unrealistic” expectations when they transition to managerial roles. Rooney was recently sacked as the manager of Birmingham City after just 83 days in charge.
Hodgson, who managed the England national team when Rooney was the captain, highlighted the quick judgment and severe scrutiny that managers with high-profile playing careers often face. He mentioned former England teammates Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard, suggesting that the pressure and expectations placed on them may be unrealistic.
The Crystal Palace boss noted that many former players are not given enough time or patience by club owners, who may be seeking a quick fix. Hodgson emphasized the challenges faced by managers in the modern football climate, where immediate success is often demanded.
The discussion around the difficulties faced by former players as managers has been a recurring theme in football, with some struggling to replicate their success on the pitch in the managerial role. Hodgson’s comments shed light on the expectations and pressures placed on individuals transitioning from playing to managing at a high level in the sport.