Random 1990s Footballer Tuesday: #6 Jean-Guy Wallemme
Name: Jean-Guy Wallemme
In his 1990s prime for: Coventry City
Lowdown: Although Jean-Guy Walleme isn’t exactly a household name in Premier League terms, he was seen as something of a coup for Coventry when they bought him from Lens in 1998, where he had captained the French club to the league title the previous season.
Giving off a hint of the homeless about him, the Frenchman made just four starts for the Sky Blues (and two other substitute appearances). After looking impressive in his early games, Wallemme started in a home game against Newcastle and was tasked with marking Alan Shearer. Shearer scored twice in a 5-1 defeat, Wallemme was dropped for the next game, and never appeared in the first team again.
By October the defender was admitting that he was homesick and that he was concerned about the level of education being received by his son. By December he had returned to France to sign for FC Sochaux. Impressively, Coventry received £400,000 for the transfer, almost all the fee that they had shelled out just four month previously.
Now: More famous now than in his playing career, Wallemme started his managerial career as player-coach at St Etienne in France. He drifted around a few lower league clubs in France and Belgium before being given his big break at Lens. However, after leaving the club at the start of the year Wallemme was out of work until August, when he was fairly randomly appointed as manager of the Congo national team.