Liam Rosenior To Blackpool: The Fortunes Of Five TV Pundits Turned Managers

Rosenior looks set to replace Neil Critchley at Bloomfield Road
15:15, 13 Jun 2022

Derby County assistant manager Liam Rosenior looks set to get his first command in football as reports suggest he is close to replacing Neil Critchley at Blackpool.

The former defender was a regular EFL pundit for Sky Sports before he joined the Rams’ backroom staff and he always came across well, giving insightful comments across a variety of topics and clubs. Given his predecessor’s success with the Tangerines last term, Rosenior has a lot to live up to but given his knowledge and experience at Pride Park, he appears to be the right fit to take over at Bloomfield Road.

He would join a handful of fellow TV pundits who have had a crack at management, although he will be hoping he can stay in the dugout a lot longer than they did. We take a look at the more prominent pundits who went into management.

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Gary Neville

Neville stepped out of the comfort of his Sky Sports studio surroundings when he was appointed manager of Valencia in 2015. It seemed as though it was set up for disaster and Neville lasted just four months in charge, overseeing just 28 games as Valencia bowed out of the Champions League and Copa del Rey early. Neville later admitted that he was arrogant and unprepared for the job.

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Phil Neville

Phil was an assistant at Valencia before and during his brother's reign, having previously worked for the BBC as a pundit. He got his first taste as a manager in 2018 when he became the England women’s boss, guiding them to the SheBelieves Cup in 2019 and the World Cup semi-finals before a downturn in results saw him decide to leave his role to take over at Inter Miami in January 2021. His side are currently struggling in the bottom half of MLS's Eastern Conference following on from a difficult first season.

Alan Shearer 

The Premier League’s record goalscorer quickly became a pundit after he retired, joining the BBC’s Match of the Day team. He briefly left his role as a pundit to take charge of his beloved Newcastle United, who were faced with the threat of relegation from the Premier League. He was unable to prevent them from going down to the Championship, winning just one of the eight games he had in charge. He hasn’t been in a dugout since.

Thierry Henry

After four seasons with Sky Sports and having been Belgium’s assistant manager, he was handed his first management position at former club Monaco in October 2018. Things didn’t go according to plan. In 20 games, he only won four times as he was sacked by January. He went on to manage Montreal Impact between 2019 and 2021, leading the club to their first play-off in four seasons. He later resumed his role with Belgium in 2021.

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Trevor Brooking

The West Ham United legend joined the BBC as a pundit shortly after he retired from playing in 1985, becoming a co-commentator for radio and television. He was thrown into management in 2003 following West Ham boss Glenn Roeder’s collapse as a result of a brain tumour. Brooking took temporary charge and tried his best to steer the club away from Premier League relegation but he was unsuccessful. They went down with 42 points - the most by a relegated side.

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