5 former players who became football managers in England’s lower leagues

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New Macclesfield boss Sol Campbell is the latest in a clutch of former top players to take on managerial challenges in England’s lower leagues.

Here, Press Association Sport examines a few key stints.

Bobby Moore, Oxford City

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Bobby Moore, centre, lifting the World Cup with England in 1966 (British Pathe PLC)

Paul Merson, Walsall

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Paul Merson. pictured, in training during his stint at Walsall player-manager (Nick Potts/PA)

Paul Gascoigne, Kettering

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Paul Gascoigne, pictured, during his ill-fated time as Kettering manager (Steve Parsons/PA)

Paul Ince, Macclesfield

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Paul Ince, pictured, during his time as Macclesfield manager (Nick Potts/PA)

Kevin Nolan, Notts County

Nolan dragged Notts County to League Two safety in the 2016-17 season, before inspiring a run to the play-offs the following year. But just when the former Bolton, Newcastle and West Ham star looked to push on, his tenure hit the skids. Nolan was sacked just five games into this year’s campaign, back in August, with the club bottom of the table.

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