Big Shoes to Fill: 14 Who Followed in the Footsteps of Legendary Leaders

This week’s news that legendary Manchester United football manager Alex Ferguson would be retiring later this month -- and passing his job to David Moyes -- got us here at TIME thinking about how certain roles can be very tough to fill indeed. Whether you’re an athlete, politician, business leader, or entertainer, stepping into a role once filled by a legend can be a daunting task, regardless of your credentials. In that spirit, we present 14 of the most influential figures in recent memory, and the unlucky souls who had to try to fill their shoes.

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notLostInSpace
notLostInSpace

Chris Pine for William Shatner, Andrew Johnson for Abe L, didn't fare well but had an ugly congress to deal with, just like Obama does today; Carl Yastrzemski for Ted Williams, did pretty well; Aaron Rodgers for Brett Favre, Aaron might be even better; Jeff Immelt for Jack Welch (GE President), Jeff has not had easy sledding, and probably the hardest shoes, Phil Bengston for Vince Lombardi.

SalvadorMorales
SalvadorMorales

I hate the condescending tone of some US people with this phrase "...leading the free world" or leader of the free world.... like, who decided that the seating president of the US would be the leader of the free world?

notLostInSpace
notLostInSpace

@SalvadorMorales It is obnoxious, just like the sports leagues play for world championships.   It really doesn't mean jack.   Self anointed world leaders and self anointed world championships do share arrogance.

AndyRod
AndyRod

What often happens is that sometimes those chosen to take over for a legend  don't have or appear to have the legends talent or ability, so they often resort to cheating. Whether it is stealing ideas from more talented people or playing mind games to make it seem as if they are more talented or simply cheating outright, today's talent is chosen more by political expediency rather than on raw talent or ability.

imdagr8est1
imdagr8est1

REALLY!  HOW ABOUT TOM LANDRY OF THE DALLAS COWBOYS?