There is often a preconception that, a great player, will make a great manager because of the knowledge he has built up during his time as a player, and there are some cases where a great player does not turn into a great or successful manager.
In Arsenal’s case, we can’t be wrong to say they’ve not been very successful in coaching, but then, how many of them (the players who played under Arsene Wenger) have really tried their hand in coaching at the highest level?
Anyways, here are 5 Arsene Wenger tutors who engage in full time coaching;
Having retired at the end of the 2009–10 season prior to the 2010 World Cup, it was announced on 21 July 2011 that Van Bronckhorst would assist newly appointed Feyenoord manager Ronald Koeman, alongside fellow ex-Feyenoord player Jean-Paul van Gastel. Feyenoord finished the season second behind Ajax, qualifying for the 2012–13 UEFA Champions League.On 23 March 2015 it was announced that Van Bronckhorst will be the new manager of Feyenoord after Fred Rutten leaves at the end of that season.In his first full season, he guided Feyenoord to the national cup, defeating FC Utrecht 2–1 in the final.
In May 2013, Patrick was appointed as Manchester city’s new reserve team and Elite Development squad manager.In May 2015. On November 9, 2015, Patrick was announced as the new head coach of New York City FC from 1 January 2016, replacing inaugural head coach Jason Kreis.Patrick was selected for the role by Director of Soccer Claudio Reyna due to his familiarity with the structure of operations within the group, as well as his tactical knowledge. Patrick took charge of his first Major League Soccer game on the road versus Chicago Fire on March 6, 2016, in which his squad claimed a 4-3 victory.
In April 2008, Bergkamp began a fast-track coaching diploma for former Dutch international footballers and undertook a trainee role at Ajax. Having completed the Coach Betaald Voetbal course by the KNVB, Bergkamp was appointed assistant to Johan Neeskens for the newly formed Netherlands B team on 26 October 2008.For the 2008–09 season, Bergkamp returned to Ajax in a formal coaching position with responsibility for the D2 (U12) youth team. Following the promotion of Frank de Boer as manager of Ajax in December 2010, Bergkamp was appointed assistant manager to Fred Grim, dealing with Ajax’ flagship A1 (U19) youth team.As of August 2011, Bergkamp has been De Boer’s assistant at Ajax.
On 22 June 2011, he was appointed as Lyon’s new manager to replace Claude Puel.He left at the end of the 2013–14 season for personal and family reasons. On 2 November 2015, Garde agreed a three-and-a-half year deal to become the manager of Premier League side Aston Villa who were bottom of the table.Six days later, in Garde’s first match in charge, his new team drew 0–0 with league leaders Manchester City.Garde put a strong emphasis on discipline at Villa. He dropped midfielder Jack Grealish from the first team after he went partying following a 4–0 loss at Everton and warned the teams not to party excessively over the Christmas period.On 29 March 2016, with Villa still bottom of the league, Garde left the club by mutual consent.
Arsenal’s ‘double double’-winning captain was seen by many at the club as a future Gunners boss. He played his whole career at Highbury, a club legend through and through. However, his coaching career proved far less of a success; he lasted just a year in his first role at Wycombe Wanderers, getting the club relegated in the process.A spell in charge at Portsmouth spanned 16 games from which they picked up only 10 points, before an 18-month tenure at Azerbaijani club Gabala FC. A fantastic player, but his management career to date has left a lot to be desired.