The six former players who could one day manage Arsenal, Chelsea or Tottenham

There are some players who are destined to be great managers.

Of late, Mikel Arteta, Frank Lampard and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer have all made the move from pitch to dugout, and more will follow.

So which former stars from London’s top clubs are set to become managers?

Below, we look at six of potentially the very best…

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Michael Carrick

Long tipped as a future coach, Carrick was one of the few to survive the purge of Jose Mourinho’s staff following his sacking as Manchester United manager at the end of 2018.

The former Tottenham and West Ham midfielder is now working under Solskjaer as his trusted right-hand man.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer watches the match from the bench alongside Michael Carrick, David de Gea, Mike Phelan and Kieran McKenna (Image: Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Carrick is an active figure on the Old Trafford touchline and on the training pitch. Right now, he is an archetypal coach, concerned purely with drills and instructions passed on from the manager, but it seems inevitable that the former England international will one day want to test himself as a boss in his own right.

Ricardo Carvalho

He was seen as the thinking man alongside the brute force of John Terry during their Chelsea days, so it’s perhaps no surprise that Carvalho has made a move into coaching since retiring as a player.

The former Blues defender has maintained his links to Stamford Bridge by taking a job as Andre Villas-Boas’ assistant at Marseille.

Carvalho is often seen on the bench at the Stade Velodrome as a key part of Villas-Boas’ coaching staff. Marseille have enjoyed something of a renaissance this season and the former Portugal international might use that to earn himself a managerial job moving forward.

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