7 Coaches Who Are Brilliant at Club Level, but Become a Zonk when Dealing with the National Team: Fabio Capello is there too


Many great coaches in the world of football have presented champion trophies and big names when managing professional clubs. However, not all are able to maintain consistency when trusted to handle a national team on the international stage.

Many elite coaches show good strategy and tactics in the highest caste competitions in the hope of getting a chance to manage a national team.

Many of them see the work in the national team will not be as heavy as a club that has to undergo a full season of competition throughout the year, or even across years.

When with the national team, there are many differences, such as one of them being fewer training sessions, fewer but more qualified players to choose from, or not having to think about the large funds needed for player transfers.

Top coaches with great reputations and large trophy collections at club level often find it difficult to get a chance in the national team. Daily Star Sport reviews six of the coaches who were successful at clubs but lost on the international stage.

Steve McLaren
Steve McLaren was highly respected when he managed Middlesbrough to the 2006 UEFA Cup final. When Sven Goran Eriksson left the England national team, the former Manchester United assistant manager could be a candidate to replace him.

Unfortunately, he had to hold an umbrella in the pouring rain when the England national team failed to qualify for Euro 2008 after being beaten by Croatia at Wembley Stadium. Shortly after being dubbed Wally with a Brolly, McLaren was dismissed from the England national team in disgrace.

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Hansi Flick
The world of football gained attention when Hansi Flick landed a job in Germany. He led Bayern Munich to become an untouchable team, winning every game to win the Champions League, also ending the season with a treble.

However, he got off to a difficult start when he was in charge of the German national team. At that time he replaced Joachim Low after the Euros.

Die Mannschaft have recorded just one win, four draws and one defeat in the UEFA Nations League recently and lost to North Macedonia.

Hansi Flick will lead Germany to the World Cup in Qatar, it is fair to say that his country have gone into the tournament with more confidence in the past.

Leonid Slutsky
Leonid Slutsky won three Russian League titles with CSKA Moscow, establishing himself as one of the greatest club managers ever. However, he did nothing but emulate his success while leading the Russian national team.

While he faced a difficult Euro 2016 with Wales, England and Slovakia, the Russians looked to have a good squad and could at least finish in the top three.

Unfortunately, after registering a 1-1 draw with England in their opening match, Germany were comfortably beaten by Slovakia and Wales in their next fixtures, on their way to finishing bottom.

Don Revie
Don Revie is likely to be named as is Sir Alex Ferguson. He transformed Leeds United from a second division team into one of the major powers in Europe. He won two First Division trophies, FA Cup, League Cup and finished runner-up in the European Cup Winners’ Cup.

Unfortunately, he endured three unsuccessful years as England manager before controversially quitting to take on a management role with the United Arab Emirates which tarnished his reputation once and for all.

Graham Taylor
Graham Taylor worked wonders as manager of Watford and Aston Villa. He dragged the Hornets from the fourth division to second in the top flight and the FA Cup final, and repeated the feat with Villa.

However, his three years as England manager ended in failure after the Three Lions failed to qualify for the 1994 World Cup which was held in the United States.

Luckily, he is still admired and admired for his work in club management to this day, where he is a master at making smaller clubs beat bigger teams.

Fabio Capello
You might think Capello’s poor performance as England manager is the reason he’s on this list. However, the coach who has won Serie A five times and has won the Champions League is on this list for being the manager of the Russian national team.

He took charge of Russia from the summer of 2012, seven months after leaving England. After a strong start, Russia are starting to struggle under the Italian manager and are looking to qualify for Euro 2016.

However, Capello was sacked in 2015 and Slutski was quickly appointed and led Russia to Euro 2016 in France, where they were also quickly eliminated from the competition.

Julen Lopetegui
Accepting the role of coach of Real Madrid just two days before leading the Spanish national team in the World Cup is not the best strategythat a manager can make.

Julen Lopetegui was humiliated by the Spanish national team just two days before the 2018 World Cup, having accepted an offer from Real Madrid days before their first game against Portugal.

The angry Spanish football manager immediately sacked him when Real Madrid made the announcement.

He was appointed manager of Real Madrid, sacked by the Spanish national team, and officially at the Bernabeu just three days later. However, he then failed miserably with Real Madrid.