Can Frank Rijkaard still become a good footballer coach or is he an example of a great footballer who is unable to achieve consistent success as a leader from the sidelines? It is without debate that as a footballer was one of the best holding midfielders to play the game of football. This legendary Dutch national was renowned for his ability to lock down the oppositions best player and control the midfield.
However, in the second stage of his career as a coach the success that he achieved as a footballer has mostly eluded him. The early part of his managerial career resulted in success as the manager of the Netherlands national team after being groomed for the position while an assistant under Guus Hiddink. He then achieved success at Barcelona FC where he won a Champions League title and that has been the highpoint of his managerial career. His next two managerial positions in Turkey with Galatasaray and as manager of the Saudi Arabia national team have been unequivocal disasters. He was fired from his position in Turkey after only one year for achieving poor results with the team and a similar firing occurred after two years with Saudi Arabia team.
Frank Rijkaard has yet to take on another managerial position since his last firing by the Saudi Arabia footballer executive on January 16, 2013, and one must wonder whether he has left the coaching profession entirely or is he willing to work as an assistant or at a lower level and further develop his ability to manage a team. He is known as a man with a huge ego and his ego may be the biggest impediment to him becoming a more successful footballer manager.
Currently he is acting as a technical advisor to a Florida prep footballer team. This is a long way from managing the top European players and developing game strategies against the best footballer minds in the world, most of whom reside and work in Europe. Unlike in Europe where there are many individuals who will scrutinize every decision and colleagues who are unafraid to voice opposing thoughts about what training and strategies should be used in the games no such similar environment exists at a prep school where he is the unchallenged authority. There is no profession where one is not in a continual state of learning but to be able to learn one must be willing to listen to others. If Frank Rijkaard wants to resume his career as a manager of a top flight footballer club in 2014 he must decide whether he is still willing to learn and adapt because the way his last two managerial positions have ended does not indicate that he has been willing to change his strategies in a manner that can lead to wins for his side.