For footballers who have retired, they usually decide to continue their career as a coach. It is not an easy matter to continue a career as a coach because they require sufficient certification and experience. There are also several former footballers who started their coaching careers as assistant coaches to gain sufficient experience.
Interestingly, there are several football legends who just retired a few years ago and are currently assistant coaches in a certain team. Guess who are they? Here are 5 football legends who are currently assistant coaches.
1. Thierry Henry – Belgian National Team
Arsenal fans must be familiar with the figure of Thierry Henry. He played for Arsenal from 1999 to 2007 and 2012. He decided to retire in 2015 with the last club Red Bulls in the United States League.
He briefly coached Arsenal’s academy team from 2015 to 2016. After that, he was appointed to become assistant coach of the Belgian national team and finally moved to become manager of AS Monaco in 2018 for only 4 months. In August 2021, he was trusted again to become assistant coach of the Belgian national team in accompanying coach Roberto Martinez.
2. Fernando Torres – Atletico Madrid U-19
Fernando Torres is one of the legends owned by the Spanish national team and Atletico Madrid. He decided to retire at Sagan Tosu in 2019. The Atletico Madrid academy graduate has defended several top clubs, such as Liverpool, Chelsea, and AC Milan.
In July 2021, Torres was trusted to be the assistant coach of Atlético Madrid U-19s. He is on a short-term contract because his contract expires in June 2022. At Atletico Madrid U-19, he is responsible for developing young players so that they can be promoted to the U-23 squad or the main squad.
3. Robin van Persie – Akademi Feyenoord
It can be said that Robin van Persie is a legend of the club Feyenoord. Apart from being a genuine graduate of the academy, he also decided to retire at Feyenoord in 2019. In the history of his career, he has defended 2 giant English clubs, namely Arsenal and Manchester United.
Since July 2021, he has been appointed assistant coach of the Feyenoord academy. Not only that, he also holds a concurrent position as coach of the technical section of the Feyenoord club for some time to come. Last year, he was trusted to be a mentor for Feyenoord forwards.
4. Michael Carrick – Manchester United
Michael Carrick is certainly no stranger to Manchester United fans. He defended Manchester United as a player from 2006 to 2018. After retiring in 2018, he was appointed to be the assistant coach of Manchester United.
During his time as assistant coach, Carrick has worked with 2 top coaches at once, namely Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Jose Mourinho. Even so, there have been no significant achievements that Carrick was able to produce during his time as assistant coach of Manchester United.
5. Yaya Toure – Akhmat Grozny
Yaya Toure is an Ivorian football legend who has a lot of experience in Europe. He has defended several top clubs, such as Manchester City, Barcelona and AS Monaco. He decided to retire in 2020 with his last club QD Huanghai.
Since June 2021, Toure has been appointed as assistant coach of Akhmat Grozny who plays in the Russian Premier League. Previously, Toure had also been an assistant to a Ukrainian club, Olimpik Donetsk, during February-May 2021.
The five football legends above have entered a new career path. Many believe that the five assistant coaches above will become top coaches in the next few years. Is your favorite legend on the list above?