If recent reports are to be believed, both Tim Sherwood and Alan Shearer feature on a shortlist of potential candidates to take over the vacant manager's position at Blackburn Rovers. Sherwood and Shearer became Blackburn legends during their time at the club, playing pivotal roles in their Premier League winning season of 1994/95.
However, would it be a good idea if either of these heroes return to their former stomping ground? Alan Shearer's previous foray into management when he failed to save Newcastle United from relegation would suggest not, but how did other returning legends fare in the hotseat at their old club?
Kevin Keegan – Newcastle United
Kevin Keegan's time at Newcastle will always be remembered for that rant, but there was so much more to King Kev's reign both as a player and manager.
When he joined the Toon Army in 1982, he did so as a former two-time European Player of the Year and his short playing spell on Tyneside was a resounding success. Proving extremely popular with the supporters, Keegan helped Newcastle to promotion in 1984 and helped develop the careers of fledgling Chris Waddle and Peter Beardsley, all before flying off into the sunset in a helicopter from the St James' Park pitch (true story - see the video below).
Eight years later and King Kev would return to Newcastle, this time as boss in his first ever managerial role, with the club battling relegation to the third tier. He duly saved the Geordies from the dreaded drop, before romping to promotion the following season and within three years was challenging Manchester United for the Premier League title.
King Kev flying off into the sunset in a helicopter
George Graham – Arsenal
George Graham's football portfolio is impressive, but it will be his success at Arsenal as a player and manager that he will be most remembered for.
Nicknamed 'Stroller' thanks to his laid-back playing style, Graham joined Arsenal from Chelsea in 1966, and duly began firing in the goals before becoming an integral part of the Gunners double-winning side of 1970/71. After six years and 308 matches for Arsenal, Graham would leave the club to join Manchester United for £120,000.
By 1986 Graham was a promising manager at Millwall, but with the Gunners were struggling to compete the lure of a return to Arsenal was too much to resist. By now a disciplinarian manager at odds with his former image as 'Stroller', Graham cemented himself as a club legend, leading them to a flood of silverware, including two league titles, two League Cups, an FA Cup and the Cup Winners' Cup. Under Graham, Arsenal became cup specialists, but after nine years in charge and following an FA investigation into transfer payments received, he was sacked.
George Graham gives a team talk following Arsenal's two-point deduction in 1990, a punishment that didn't stop the club from winning the league title, losing just one game all season
Roberto Di Matteo – Chelsea
Roberto Di Matteo's arrival at Chelsea in 1996 heralded a resurgence in the club's fortunes. The silky Italian's impact was immediately felt and he capped off his first season with an FA Cup winners' medal, memorably scoring after just 42 seconds against Middlesbrough in the final.
The next few seasons would be fruitful for Di Matteo as he collected another three major trophies, including scoring again in the 2000 FA Cup final. However, injury curtailed the remainder of his career and he was forced into early retirement following a triple leg fracture.
Di Matteo's return to Chelsea would initially come as assistant manager to Andre Villas-Boas, but following the Portuguese's sacking in February 2012, Di Matteo was offered the manager's position on a caretaker basis. After getting off to a flying start, the former midfielder led Chelsea to an unbelievable cup double, winning the FA Cup and Champions League in the most dramatic of circumstances. His end of season heroics resulted in Di Matteo being offered the role on a full-time basis, a position he still holds.
Roberto Di Matteo's FA Cup final goal v Middlesbrough
Glenn Hoddle – Tottenham Hotspur
Glenn Hoddle was one of the most gifted players in 1980s British football, inspiring Tottenham Hotspur to a host of cups. During his 12 year career at White Hart Lane, Hoddle broke the mould of British football - at that time awash with long ball football - through his close control and attacking flair, and helped Spurs to the 1981 and 1982 FA Cups. His greatest moment in a Tottenham shirt came in 1984, as he inspired Spurs to reach the final of the UEFA Cup, which they duly won, although he would miss the actual fixture through injury.
After retiring, Hoddle moved into management with success at Swindon, followed by spells with Chelsea, England and Southampton, before returning to White Hart Lane and a hero's welcome. His time as boss failed to yield the success of his playing days, however, and the club finished a disappointing ninth and tenth in his two seasons in charge, playing football a far cry from the silky skills he'd displayed in a Tottenham shirt himself.
Glen Hoddle showing his undoubted class
Bryan Robson – West Brom
West Brom has been a happy hunting ground for Bryan Robson, being the place where he made his breakthrough as a professional footballer and giving him arguably his greatest achievement as a manager. At West Brom, a young Robson demonstrated his ability as a leader and midfielder under the tutelage of Ron Atkinson. His relationship with 'Big Ron', who took over as boss at Old Trafford, saw Robson move to Manchester United for a then British record £1.5m in 1981.
By the time Robson became a manager, West Brom were his third side. Following mixed fortunes with Middlesbrough and Bradford City, the returning hero was tasked with keeping West Brom in the Premier League. Despite being bottom at Christmas and at the foot of the table heading into the final game of the season, Robson managed to steer the club to safety, a feat which had never been done before from their position. It would be Robson's finest moment as a manager, but significantly one which was overshadowed by relegation and subsequent sacking the following season.
West Brom fans invade the pitch after securing survival
Do you think either Tim Sherwood or Alan Shearer should take up the Blackburn manager's role? Would it ruin their legacy at the club? Would you welcome a former player as a manager of your club? Have your say on the topic by commenting below...