At the age of 30 he gave up sales and marketing to pursue his calling as a coach and ended up in the MLS for two years. He's now moved to Seoul to start again...
There are key differences - largely off the pitch - but Liverpool fan Sam Drury has spotted five things that are similar five years on. A big sale, a big Italian arrival...
1 - Which club does David Cameron claim to support?
2 - Why might you not want to borrow David Mellor's Chelsea shirt?
Because he allegedly engaged in the physical act of love while wearing it, with Antonia de Sancha
3 - What tattoo do Andy Reid and Diego Maradona have in common?
They both Che Guevara's face inked upon their person
4 - And which political figure did Maradona interview on his chat show, saying "For me he is a god"?
5 - Which Labour MP is an Honorary Vice President of Blackburn?
6 - Name the company that owns AC Milan, which Silvio Berlusconi is a majority shareholder in.
7 - What did Silvio's little brother say to cause him embarrassment earlier this season?
Paolo Berlusconi called Mario Balotelli 'our household's little nigger.'
8 - True or false: Cristiano Lucarelli used to celebrate goals with a clenched fist, in solidarity with a local fascist party.
False - it was in solidarity with a communist group
9 - Of which town is H'Angus the Monkey (or at least the man who used to be H'Angus the Monkey) mayor?
Hartlepool. His real name is Stuart Drummond
10 - Which dictator apparently sent a telegram to his country's squad before the 1938 World Cup that simply read 'Win or die!'
Benito Mussolini - this was a fairly common Italian fascist slogan, but still...
11 - What was the Copa del Rey called between 1938 and 1973?
Copa del Generalísimo
12 - Which German midfielder, who played most of his career with Bayern Munich and Real Madrid, frequently took Mao Zedong's 'Little Red Book' to training?
13 - Of which club is...ahem...'controversial' Romanian politician Gigi Becali owner?
14 - Which member of the 1994 Bulgarian World Cup side is mayor of his home town Sliven?
15 - Which current Premier League footballer said this: "I had a really good chat with David. As a footballer, I don't want to get involved with the campaigning thing, but I am a Tory and I really like David Cameron."
16 - Which current Premier League manager wrote a column the Workers' Revolutionary Party publication 'News Line' in the seventies?
17 - Which former Chelsea and Manchester City striker stood for the presidency of his country in 2005?
18 - Which French defender responded to Nicolas Sarkozy calling Paris rioters 'scum' by saying: "If they are scum, then I am scum."
19 - Which Brazilian midfielder founded an organisation called 'Corinthians Democracy'?
20 - Which Argentinian defender talked Inter Milan into donating player fines to a Zapatista guerrilla movement?