​In the football world, it's a known fact that not all great players go on to match their on-field glories on the other side of the touchline.


Leadership and tactical intelligence will carry players a long way, and it'll set them up well for a transition into the hot seat. But there are far more examples of failed ventures from former greats into management than there are successful ones.


Fortunately though, some of the greatest to have ever played the game have made the jump and replicated - even bettered - the trophy-winning moments that everybody craves from this game. Here's seven of the best examples of great players who made fantastic coaches.


Johan Cruyff

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Few players were as celebrated and, to be honest, as good as Johan Cruyff in the 1970's. He tallied up buckets of goals for the likes of Ajax and Barcelona in his heyday, and won eight Dutch titles over two spells with the former. He also won the Ballon d'Or three times in four years in the early part of that decade. 


But Cruyff managed to translate his on-field skills onto the touchline later on, and is now considered one of the game's best ever coaches.


Cruyff managed at both of the aforementioned clubs and set the foundations for later successes, which are still being felt today - especially in Catalonia. He revamped the Barcelona youth academy and implemented his new tactical system from top to bottom, throughout every age grade and up to the first team.


We're all familiar with the successes of the modern Barcelona, and the key to it has been the core of players taken from their 'La Masia' youth academy, which was the brainchild of the Dutchman himself. He was quite the tactician, too, and his influence has strongly rubbed off on top modern coaches; namely Pep Guardiola.


Kenny Dalglish

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Known affectionately as 'King Kenny' to Liverpool supporters, Kenny Dalglish is arguably their greatest ever servant. He played for and managed the Reds to multiple successes, while he also managed to earn a number of trophies with other clubs - such as boyhood club, Celtic.


Dalglish spearheaded Liverpool's attack through their finest period, winning six Football League First Divisions, two FA Cups, four League Cups and three European Cups, among other honours. He took the role of player/manager in 1985 and won three more league crowns before going on to guide Blackburn Rovers to their solitary Premier League title in 1994/95.


The Scot is still much loved in the game, and went on to manage Newcastle United, Celtic and most recently, Liverpool once more.


​Antonio Conte

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Italian national coach Antonio Conte is the first active manager to feature. While still relatively new to top-level coaching at the age of just 46, he's already proven himself to be one of the most tactically astute and clever managers the game has to offer.


He served Juventus as a player from 1991-2004, where he was often deployed as an influential box-to-box player. He won five Serie A titles with the Old Lady during his thirteen year stint, while also lifting the Champions League trophy in 1996.


The Italian's move to management wasn't quite an instant triumph, as he took a number of roles with the likes of Arezzo, Bari, Atalanta and Siena with varying degrees of success. He did, however, earn himself the Juventus job in 2011 and hasn't ever looked back.


In his first three seasons as Juve head coach, he earned three consecutive Italian league titles, and he's set to guide his country into this summer's Euro 2016 competition in France.


Diego Simeone

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​As Conte ruled the roost in Turin in the 1990's and early 2000's, a certain Argentinian warrior was making his own name at rival clubs Inter and Lazio. His name: Diego Simeone.


English football fans may remember his playing days best for that incident with David Beckham at the 1998 World Cup - where Beckham was sent off against Simeone's Argentina. But despite his status as resident bad boy, Simeone was a darn good player. He was tenacious, astute, and strong - attributes which he also showed in two spells with Atletico Madrid on either side of his Italian adventure.


He earned league titles in Spain and Italy, but has made his name as one of the world's greatest coaches with Atletico. He famously broke the Barcelona/Real Madrid duopoly by winning La Liga in 2013/14, and also took them to their first Champions League final in that same season.


He's shown he's able to regenerate his team and keep them successful despite repeated departures of key players, and his team plays in the image of the man himself. Simeone demands effort and respect.


Laurent Blanc

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To football fans of our generation, perhaps the defining image of Laurent Blanc's playing days is his habit of kissing the bald head of former Manchester United goalkeeper Fabien Barthez.


Blanc featured 97 times for his country on the international stage, and was part of the famous squad that won their home World Cup in 1998 and the following European Championship two years later. His club career saw him grace the likes of Barcelona, Inter and Manchester United for brief spells, but at his peak he was considered one of the best defenders around. 


Blanc is already totting up the coaching honours, winning Ligue 1 with Bordeaux in 2009, while also earning two consecutive French titles with Paris Saint Germain in the last two years. And barring the mother of all collapses, a third one is on its way in 2016. Blanc will continue to be a big name in the coaching game over the next decade.​


Carlo Ancelotti

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​The future manager of Bayern Munich has for the best part of a decade sealed his status as one of the top three managers in the world, and Carlo Ancelotti does it in style.


Featuring for the likes of Roma and Milan as a player, Ancelotti won almost everything there was to win at club level. He was a stylish midfielder who made up for what he lacked in a physical sense with excellent technical skills, hard work and great creativity. As a footballer, he has three Serie A titles to his name and two European Cups.


However, his affiliation with the big eared trophy doesn't end there. The Italian is the only manager to have won the UEFA Champions League three times, and he's won league titles in three different countries. Ancelotti is a hugely popular coach who favours attacking football, and he's all set to take on his first taste of the Bundesliga next season.


Pep Guardiola

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And so, to the man Ancelotti is set to replace in Bavaria next summer. Pep is the modern icon who was profoundly influenced by the coach who featured at the beginning of this list. 


Guardiola is widely considered as the finest manager in the game today. His exploits with Barcelona in his first top-level coaching role were groundbreaking to say the least, and he's played a key role in making modern greats such as Andres Iniesta and Lionel Messi the players they are today.


Guardiola was hailed as one of the smartest players in the game even in his early first team days with Barcelona. He was key, even at 20, to their trophy-laden spell of the early 1990's, but it's his mind that has brought him to the forefront of modern coaching.


A number of trophies have followed since his introduction to senior management in 2008 in both Spain and Germany. Domestic titles and Champions League crowns aplenty. And rest assured there's more to come from Pep Guardiola, wherever he moves next.


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