English Premier League clubs are well known for appointing professional coaches to manage the players. His main role is to decide how the team will play. Coaches are not allowed to play for the team. However, some coaches have gone against this rule and substituted themselves into a live Premier League match. In this piece am going to share with you two Premier League managers that substituted themselves into a match.
1. Kenny Dalglish
Kenny Dalglish served as a player coach for Liverpool FC from 1985 to 1991. It was during this time that he got the opportunity to substitute himself in a league match between Derby County and Liverpool FC in 1990. Apart from being a coach, he also served as a player in the same club during his youthful days. Kenny Dalglish later returned to Liverpool in 2011 after parting ways with the club in 1991.
2. Ryan Giggs
Ryan Giggs is one of the greatest players in the history of the English Premier League and Manchester United. Giggs only played for the Red Devils throughout his professional career. In 2014, the club sacked David Moyes due to poor results; the club appointed him as the interim coach. Giggs surprised many football fans worldwide when he replaced Tom Lawrence in his final match against Hull City.
The match was played at Old Trafford. Despite being 40 years old, he was very instrumental for the club in that match, and he only played for 20 minutes. He set up Robin Van Pierse, who scored Manchester United’s third goal. Ryan Giggs became the first player-manager to play for Manchester United in 87 years.
This was the last league match that Ryan Giggs played for Manchester United before retiring. Ryan Giggs has played over 960 appearances for Manchester United since 1990.