10. John Terry
Former England Captain John Terry has stated a desire to coach Chelsea someday and with his vast experience and loyalty towards the club it will be hard to say no to him.
Terry’s attention to detail with tactics can be seen even when he is not on the pitch. He can be seen having animated discussions with the players and his manager.
9. Didier Drogba
The Ivory Coast and Chelsea legend is a natural leader both on and off the pitch, commanding respect from even the most bitter rivals.
Drogba has achieved almost everything in football, and along with experience he also has a very sharp footballng brain.
8. Vincent Kompany
Kompany is a leader in every manner as the Belgium captains his national team as well as his club Manchester City. Kompany’s personality commands respect and he oozes charisma, he is respected even by his opponents.
Kompany has vast experience at just 27 years old and by the time he decides to hang up his boots he will have a sea of experience with him.
7. Steven Gerrard
Gerrard has spent almost thirty years with European giants Liverpool and is currently playing in the MLS for LA Galaxy. Gerrard is a natural leader.
Gerrards reading of the game is unparalled and he has a good understanding of the tactical side of the game.
6. Xabi Alonso
The stylish midfielder from Spain has played for some of the biggest clubs in the world, under some of the biggest managers in the world, winning major honours throughout Europe.
Xabi is a very intelligent footballer and has a good sense of the game, if given a chance he is sure to become a top manager.
The Barcelona legend spent twenty-five years with the Catalonia based club winning every possible trophy available in club football.
Xavi is studying for coaching at the Aspire Academy in Qatar and has publicly stated his desire to coach Barcelona one day.
4. Patrice Evra
Evra’s footballing knowledge and leadership qualities impressed Sir Alex Ferguson so much that he named Evra in the two players from his 2010/11 side who he thought would make good managers.
Evra has a very intelligent footballing brain and good communication skills.
3. Frank Lampard
The former England international is one of the most intelligent footballer of the current era. The Chelsea legend has a vast experience of playing at the top level.
His smart positioning on the pitch and his timing will help him in making tactics, he also has the charisma to motivate his players.
2. Philipp Lahm
The German legend is one of the most decorated footballer’s in the world, having won seven Bundesliga titles. Just watching Lahm play gives one an idea of how intelligent he is as a player.
Even Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola stated that Lahm is the most intelligent player he has ever worked with. Lahm has a lot of experience under his belt and he is a natural leader.
1. Andrea Pirlo
Andrea Pirlo’s intelligence and ability will help him greatly if he decides to try coaching.
A major aspect of any football transfer is the manager for whom the players want to play, and to be honest who wouldn’t want to play for Pirlo. His style and experience will attract the best of the players.