Gudjohnsen talks about manager influences as he continues work as U21 Iceland coach
- Eidur Gudjohnsen begins his coaching career taking up U21 Iceland assistant coach job.
- He learned a lot from Mourinho and Guardiola.
- He also mentions Sam Allardyce who raised his work rate significantly.
Former Chelsea striker Eidur Gudjohnsen currently works as an assistant manager for Iceland Under-21 national team. He says that he has had a lot to learn from the top managers with whom he worked as a player.
He knows looks forward looks to adapt those eclectic influences in his own coaching work. Gudjohnsen told Goal:
"Under Guardiola at Barcelona, it was definitely the most attractive football I played, with the style of play.
"They have the players coming into their first team who have played a certain way since they were kids. They feel comfortable in the first team because they have been doing it since they were kids. They know exactly what the style is. If you want to come in as a manager and try to emulate that overnight, then I think you would be in trouble.
"I was also blessed to have Mourinho and Allardyce. Over the course of my career, all the managers were people I have had great respect for. Allardyce was slightly different in that he was more direct. He loved the passing game as well, but reminded us that it doesn’t always have to be pretty. My work-rate rose under him.
"I went to Chelsea and had Gianluca Vialli who signed me. Ranieri came in and I learned a lot from him. These were the people who helped me as I grew as a player."
Ex-Blues striker worked under Ranieri and Mourinho during his time at Chelsea (2000-2006). He then teamed up with Frank Rijkaard and Guardiola at Barcelona.
Gudjohnsen also played at Monaco, Tottenham and Bolton Wanderers before eventually retiring in September 2017.