5 Premier League Managers Who Played for Their Club

Updated on February 24, 2020
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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (2018-)


Manchester United

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer played for Manchester United from 1996 all the way to 2007 and became an absolute living legend during and after his time playing for the Red Devils. A keen strategist even in his playing days, former manager Sir Alex Ferguson used to remark that Solskjaer would study a game from the bench, make note of what the opposing defence was doing wrong, and would usually deliver a devastating impact when he did arrive on the pitch.

This is perhaps the reason why Solskjaer was on the end of Manchester United's most greatest and dramatic moment against Bayern Munich in the 1999 Champions League Final, the undoubted highlight of Ferguson's great story.

Having been placed in charge of the club on a temporary basis following the sacking of Jose Mourinho in December 2018, Solskjaer was offered the full time position in March after a run of 14 wins from 19 games.

Ole's Greatest Moment

Mikel Arteta (2019-)



A classy, composed midfielder, Mikel Arteta joined Arsenal after playing in Britain for both Rangers and Everton between 2002 and 2011, albeit with a quick stop off at Real Sociedad in 2004-2005.

Arteta's stature and all round experience as a La Masia graduate instantly won over fans and teammates alike, and he proved to be an instrumental voice in Arsene Wenger's slowly decaying dressing room. To this day, the players that he coaches and trains at the Arsenal training ground are some of the faces that he saw everyday as an Arsenal leader.

Arteta would be given the fabled captain's armband prior to the 2014/15 season, being crowned back to back FA Cup champions as skipper, and would lead the club all the way through to the close of the 2015/16 season.

The Spaniard enjoyed several years by the side of Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, before switching back down to North London to take over from Freddie Ljungberg.

Eddie Howe (2008-2011), (2012-)


AFC Bournemouth

With Arsene Wenger's departure from the Premier League in 2018, Eddie Howe is now the longest serving active manager in the entire division. On top of this impressive feat is the fact that Howe lives and breathes everything Bournemouth.

Eddie Howe made his Bournemouth debut all the way back in 1995 and would instantly become well renowned for his modern take on defending, something which earned him an England U-21 call up in 1998. During his first spell with the club, Howe would play 276 times, score 13 goals and, after a brief couple of spells with Portsmouth and Swindon, would return back to the Cherries to play 76 more times between 2004 and 2007.

After coaching Bournemouth reserves following his last injury and subsequent retirement, Howe was promoted to manager of the Cherries' first team in December 2008. The undoubted highlight would prove to be overcoming a 17 point deficit to climb out of the 2008-09 League One relegation zone.

Howe returned back to Bournemouth after two seasons with Burnley in 2012, where he led the club to two promotions into the Premier League and has managed to keep them up throughout.

Frank Lampard (2019-)



Frank Lampard is one of the all time Premier League greats. A dynamic, accomplished and deadly midfielder, from his days under Harry Redknapp at West Ham, his countless moments of brilliance in West London with Chelsea and then that final iconic goal at the Etihad against his former side, Lampard will always be a player people remember fondly. There is, to be blunt, no where near enough time to go into the full detail over what makes him so special.

An intelligent and astute tactician, Lampard was given the role of Derby head coach in the summer of 2018 and carried the Rams on a memorable run up through the Play Offs.

He was offered the vacant Chelsea manager position in the summer of 2019 following the departure of Mauricio Sarri and has already won over fans and pundits with his free flowing, attacking, youth-based set up for the Blues.

Chris Wilder (2016-)


Sheffield United

Chris Wilder's Sheffield United have been the fairytale story of the 2019/20 Premier League season. Having played at Southampton throughout his youth career, Wilder would make the move up north to Sheffield in 1986 and make over 100 appearances between his debut and eventual departure in 1992. A second stint with the club would follow across the 1998/1999 season, before once again moving on.

Wilder would return for a third stint, as a manager of United this time, in 2016. After a middling start, the Blades would secure promotion to the Championship after a haul of 100 points in Wilder's debut campaign in the Bramall Lane hot seat. A second promotion in just three years followed in 2019 as Sheffield returned to the Premier League for the first time since 2007, with Wilder showing no signs of slowing the good times down in South Yorkshire.


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