Former Chelsea and Barcelona striker Samuel Eto’o has finally taken his first steps into the managerial career and has only three matches in hand to prove his credential.
The former Cameroon striker has come a long long way in less than one year since moving away from Stamford Bridge and after playing the second half of last season in Italy for Sampdoria, he has now been appointed as the interim manager of Turkish club Antalyaspor, the club he joined in the summer.
The 34-year-old Cameroon international replaced Yusuf Simsek, whose contract was terminated by mutual consent on 7th December.
Eto’o will be assisted by Mehmet Ugurlu, the club’s technical director, a close friend of Eto’o and Antalyaspor will make a final decision about whether to give him the managerial post permanently or not, after the upcoming winter break.
The appointment comes as a shocker. Eto’o, one of the most decorated African players of all-time, has found himself involved in many controversial and damaging disputes with his national football federation as well as with team-mates.
One of his former international team-mates, Patrick M’boma, revealed he was surprised to know that Eto’o has stepped into the management career so soon.
However, he admitted Eto’o, with whom he played in two Africa Cup of Nations-winning teams, has long-held ambitions to become a manager.
“I know it was in his plans to be a manager – he told me many years ago,” M’boma told BBC Sport in an interview.
“But from what I know he has no experience. I hope he will be a good manager but I do not know.
“He has the personality and the knowledge, but I am not sure he will have the patience. If he can improve on the areas where he is weak he could be a success.”
Samuel Eto’o joined Everton on August, 2014, after being released by Chelsea keeping him for only one season and scored with his first touch as a Chelsea player with a header and he went on to score four goals in 14 outings for Everton. With Sampordia the veteran striker netted only twice playing 18 matches and for his current side he has scored 9 times in 11 appearances.