This Barcelona Legend Is Getting Into Coaching
We will be honest. Of all the famous former Barcelona players, Samuel Eto'o is not the one we would have expected to make a move into coaching.
Carles Puyol? Definitely. Xavi? Sure. But Eto'o? Since when do poachers go in for coaching?
Samuel Eto'o was, and is, a great goal-scorer. And now his club, Antalyaspor, has sacked former manager Yusuf Simsek and appointed Eto'o as the temporary player-manager until they can find a new coach.
Sure, Eto'o has been around for a long time and is already Antalyaspor's captain in his first season with the Turkish club.
What would have been more fun than Eto'o as player-manager is if Antalyaspor had been successful in their pursuit of Ronaldinho this summer, and then had named the Brazilian player-manager. We would have paid serious money to watch that. He would have made Tim "Tactics Tim" Sherwood look like Pep Guardiola.
Instead, they're stuck with Eto'o, and on a one-game win streak after Eto'o began his managerial career with a 3-2 win over Mersin last weekend.
If Eto'o gets good results, Antalyaspor have said they could keep the Cameroonian striker as manager on a permanent basis. In the form he's in right now, Eto'o might not be ready for a full-time move to the dugout.
Eto'o has 13 goals so far this season, which is fairly impressive for a 34-year-old man. Dude's still got it.