There is no doubting Paul Scholes’ status as one of the greatest players of his generation.
But his first move into management did not yield quite the same levels of success.
The former Manchester United midfielder left Oldham in midweek after just 31 days in charge during which he managed only one win, three draws and three defeats.
Scholes cited broken promises and his position becoming “untenable” as the reason for his sudden departure.
Regardless of what caused him to leave, there is no doubt Scholes’ first venture into the dugout was far less successful than his playing career.
He’s certainly not the first and won’t be the last legendary player to unsuccessfully attempt to make the switch to management.
We’ve compiled a list of eight of the biggest superstars who failed miserably in the dugout.
1) Gary Neville
A fellow member of Manchester United’s famed Class of ’92 along with Scholes, Gary Neville was a shock appointment as Valencia manager in December 2015.
He had previously worked as an assistant manager with England but left his commitments as a Sky Sports pundit to step into the dugout in La Liga.
Big things were expected of the former right-back – but he was sacked less than four months after taking the reigns at Mestalla.
During his time in charge, Valencia crashed out of the Champions League, were thrashed 7-0 by Barcelona in a Copa del Rey semi-final – their eighth straight defeat under Neville – and slipped to 14th in the table.
He was sacked on March 16, 2016 with the club getting dragged into a relegation battle following just three wins in 16 league games and no clean sheets.
Fortunately for football fans, he was soon back in the Sky Sports studios as a pundit, where he seems much more at home.
2) Thierry Henry
Like Neville, Arsenal legend Thierry Henry swapped the Sky Sports studios for the dugout when he took over at Monaco on October 11 last year.
Having also cut his teeth as an assistant manager internationally with Belgium, Henry took over from Leonardo Jardim with the club struggling domestically.
The French legend was unable to arrest their slide down the Ligue 1 table.
He guided the club where he started his playing career as a youngster into the relegation zone and was finally dismissed on January 24 with the club 19th in the standings.
Henry was in charge for 20 games, winning just four, drawing five and losing 11 times after an unsuccessful start to life as a manager.
3) Paul Merson
After looking to end his playing days with Championship Walsall, former England star Paul Merson was thrust into management in April 2004.
He was unable to prevent them from being relegated to League One but they went down with a fight and he was handed the job permanently for the following season.
The 2004/05 season saw the Saddlers almost drop down another league, only for an unbeaten run in May to save their status in the third tier.
It was nonetheless a disappointing start to Merson’s managerial career, as they were also knocked out of all cup competitions to lower league opposition.
His late season flurry ensured he avoided the sack – but in February 2006 he was sacked with the Midlands club sat 19th in the table after a 5-0 defeat to Brentford.
Merson has not managed since, and his struggles at the Bescot Stadium suggested he perhaps wasn’t cut out for management despite his genius as a player.
4) Paul Gascoigne
Few people saw anything but disaster when Paul Gascoigne was appointed manager of non-league Kettering in October 2005.
Predictions turned out to be correct, as the former England international lasted just 39 days at the club before being dismissed.
The club’s owner, Imraan Ladak, took aim at Gascoigne at the time of the sacking and claimed he drank almost every day at work.
Gazza, meanwhile, blamed the owner for his interference in the team making his job increasingly difficult.
It turned out he was never on a contract with the club, was not paid for his six weeks of work and did not get chance to invest money as planned.
He almost returned to management with Garforth Town in 2010 but turned down an offer and has not been seen in the dugout since.
5) Edgar Davids
Undoubtedly the most bizarre managerial appointment on our list is Edgar Davids, who was named player-manager of League Two Barnet in October 2012.
His first season ended with relegation out of the Football League, whilst he started their season in the Conference Premier by giving himself the No.1 shirt.
The first eight games of his first full season in charge, Davids got himself sent off on three occasions.
He also refused to travel to away games requiring an overnight stay – placing his assistant in charge – and eventually resigned in January 2014.
Edgar Davids at Barnet never sounded likely to be a match made in heaven, and it certainly proved a time the North London club will want to forget.
6) Alan Shearer
Legends don’t come any bigger in Newcastle than Alan Shearer.
But it still came as something as a surprise when the former striker became manager of the Magpies in April 2009.
Shearer took over from Chris Hughton, who had been in charge since Joe Kinnear was taken ill on February 7, to try and keep his boyhood club in the Premier League.
There were a couple of brief moments of excitement during a tense end to the season under Shearer.
A last-gasp Andy Carroll equaliser salvaged his first point as boss at Burnley , whilst they defeated local rivals Middlesbrough 3-1 in a massive six-pointer to move out of the bottom three.
On the final day, however, they lost 1-0 at Aston Villa and dropped out of the top flight.
Shearer’s eight games saw them earn just five points, and he was snubbed for the permanent job in favour of Chris Hughton the following year.
7) Sir Bobby Charlton
England and Manchester United legend made the short trip to Preston for the start of his managerial career in 1973.
He arrived at Deepdale to replace Alan Ball, who was controversially sacked after previously being tipped as a future United manager.
Charlton duly brought in former team-mate Nobby Stiles as player-coach, and briefly had the club second in the Second Division table.
But it soon unravelled. They tumbled down the league and were relegated to the third tie.
Charlton just about survived the off-season and even made a return as a player – but he was gone early in the season after a dispute with the board over the transfer of John Bird to Newcastle United.
Undoubtedly one of the greatest players ever to grace the field, you could not say the same about Sir Bobby Charlton as a manager.
His brother Jack, on the other hand, led the Republic of Ireland to their first ever World Cup.
8) Diego Maradona
Last but not least, who could forget Diego Maradona’s stint as Argentina boss?
The eccentric South American is widely considered one of the best players of all-time and is a legend in his homeland after leading them to the 1986 World Cup as a player.
Given his role as an icon of Argentinian football, you could understand the thinking to a degree when he was thrown in to the national job in the run-up to the 2010 World Cup.
Maradona had some management experience in Argentina in the 1990s but was underwhelming, whilst his return to the dugout as manager of Dubai club Al Wasl in May 2011 saw him sacked just over 12 months later.
He took charge of his first game at Hampden Park as they beat Scotland 1-0 in November 2008, and it was all going well after three games.
They then suffered their joint-heaviest ever defeat, a 6-1 loss at Bolivia, before just about qualifying for the World Cup after a major scare.
With a talented squad at his disposal, Maradona took Argentina into the quarter-finals – but they were thrashed 4-0 by eventual winners Germany.
Maradona was subsequently sacked after a unanimous decision by the AFA board which ended an unsuccessful spell at the helm.
He has not given up his managerial career, and now works with Mexican second tier side Dorados as technical director.