Where Will Ryan Giggs Fit in Among Football's 10 Most Memorable Player-Managers?

Rob DawsonManchester United CorrespondentMay 2, 2014

Where Will Ryan Giggs Fit in Among Football's 10 Most Memorable Player-Managers?

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    The appointment of player-managers is a rare occurrence.

    Aside from Chelsea's habit of putting players in charge during the '90s, senior players are usually only handed the top job in a period of transition.

    Ryan Giggs is the latest to fill the role, stepping up after David Moyes was axed as Manchester United manager last week.

    He is following in the footsteps of some big names.

    Here's a list of the 10 most memorable player-managers who had different levels of success.

    Feel free to use the comments section below to add your own.

10. Ryan Giggs

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    Ryan Giggs was asked to take charge of Manchester United's last four games following the sacking of David Moyes.

    He resisted the temptation to pick himself against Norwich in his first game in charge, but he remains on the playing staff and could yet make an appearance before the end of the season.

    It could be his last in a United shirt, with a decision still to be made as to whether he will keep playing next season.

9. Attilio Lombardo

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    Attilio Lombardo joined Crystal Palace in 1997 from Juventus and was made player-manager in 1998 after Steve Coppell took the role of director of football.

    Palace were relegated at the end of the season, although Lombardo initially stayed on under new manager Terry Venables.

    He eventually returned to Italy in 1999 with Lazio but found himself back in England in 2010 as Roberto Mancini's assistant at Manchester City.

8. Gordon Strachan

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    Gordon Strachan arrived at Coventry from Leeds United in 1995 as a player-coach under manager Ron Atkinson.

    But after Atkinson took the job of director of football in 1996, Strachan took charge.

    The Scottish midfielder ended his playing career in 1997 but remained in charge until 2001, shortly after Coventry were relegated from the Premier League.

    He has since managed Southampton, Celtic and Middlesbrough. He is now in charge of Scotland's national side.

7. Graeme Souness

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    Graeme Souness became Rangers' first player-manager when he moved to Ibrox from Sampdoria in 1986.

    He won the Scottish League title three times in 1987, 1989 and 1990 as well as the League Cup in 1987, 1988, 1989 and 1991.

    He left to succeed Kenny Dalglish at Liverpool in 1991, ending his playing career after taking the job at Anfield.

6. Romario

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    Brazilian striker Romario was a surprise appointment when he was named temporary manager of Vasco da Gama in October 2007.

    But he lasted only a couple of months and stepped down from his management role to return to the playing staff in February 2008.

    He announced his retirement from playing and coaching shortly after, only to do a U-turn and resume his playing career in 2009.

5. Ruud Gullit

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    Ruud Gullit signed for Chelsea from Sampdoria in 1995.

    But when Glenn Hoddle was appointed England manager in the summer of 1996, the Dutchman stepped up to take the reins, too.

    He guided Chelsea to FA Cup success in 1997, their first trophy for 26 years, becoming the first foreign coach to win one of England's major trophies.

    He left in 1998 after a dispute with chairman Ken Bates.

4. Gianluca Vialli

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    Gianluca Vialli arrived at Chelsea from Juventus in 1996 under player-manager Ruud Gullit.

    But when Gullit left in 1998, Chelsea continued their habit of handing senior players the top job by appointing Vialli.

    The Italian led Chelsea to success in the 1998 League Cup and Cup Winners' Cup as well as the FA Cup in 2000.

    However, he was sacked shortly after the start of the 2000/01 season.

3. Glenn Hoddle

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    Glenn Hoddle served as player-manager for both Swindon and Chelsea.

    He arrived at Stamford Bridge in 1993 after leading Swindon to the Premier League. He helped Chelsea reach the FA Cup final in 1994, where they were beaten 4-0 by Manchester United.

    He stopped playing in 1995 and took the England manager's job following Terry Venables' departure after Euro '96.

2. Edgar Davids

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    After a playing career that took him to Ajax, Milan, Juventus, Barcelona, Inter and Tottenham, Edgar Davids took his first management role at League Two side Barnet in 2012.

    However, they were relegated into the Conference on the final day of the 2012/13 season.

    He eventually resigned in January 2014 after making 38 appearances for the club.

1. Kenny Dalglish

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    Kenny Dalglish was one of the more successful player-managers.

    He took over as manager of Liverpool in 1985, and in his first full season in charge he won the league and FA Cup double, even underlining his status as a key player by scoring the goal to win the title against Chelsea and Stamford Bridge.

    He remained in charge after hanging up his boots in 1987 and led Liverpool to league titles in 1988 and 1990 as well as the 1989 FA Cup.

    He announced his shock resignation in 1991 but returned as manager of Liverpool between 2011 and 2012.