With reports linking Thierry Henry with his first big job in management, here are 10 legendary footballers from the early- and mid-2000s who are now first team bosses across the world, including a South African icon.
Henry was tipped to take over at Aston Villa at the beginning of the campaign, but with Leonardo Jardim currently in turmoil at Monaco, the Frenchman has now been tipped to now replace him at the club his professional career began at.
The former Arsenal and FC Barcelona superstar has been working as an assistant coach for the Belgium national team for the past couple of years, but various reports suggest that he could soon venture into his first head coaching job.
There are many bosses around Europe who, about 15 years ago, were making headlines for what they were doing on the field, including Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola, who, despite making his managerial debut just 10 years ago, is one of the most successful coaches of all time.
Former Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane, who is currently unemployed, has also made massive steps as a first team coach, having already won nine trophies at the highest level, including three UEFA Champions League titles.
English legends Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard are also both coaching at senior team level, while Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs is in charge of the Wales national team, and Benni McCarthy, Bafana Bafana’s record goalscorer, has been manager of Cape Town City since 2017.