Heart Of Football

Why big-name players are being fast-tracked into management

The quickest way up football's managerial ladder is now via the TV pundit's chair.

Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard ran 16,000km and more for club and country. They took their coaching badges. And they put on smart suits to stay in the public eye and to impress club owners who, every season without fail, have a summer cull of team managers.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on August 26, 2018, with the headline 'Why big-name players are being fast-tracked into management'. Print Edition | Subscribe