Manchester United and England midfielder Michael Carrick is not going to retire anytime soon, but he has given a strong indication of what he is going to do after he hangs up his boots.
Become a football manager.
‘I’m doing my coaching badges now and going through them’, the 33-year-old told United’s official website. ‘It’s one of them – whether I use them or not, who knows what opportunities will come further down the line? Certainly, I’m doing them now and learning that side of the game’.
Carrick is one of the more underrated and under-appreciated players, but his importance is proved by the fact that he still remains part of the England and the United squads.
New manager Louis van Gaal let go of a number of players in the summer transfer window, but he retained the services of Carrick despite the former Tottenham Hotspur star’s injury problems.
Former West Ham United star Carrick’s current contract with United runs out at the end of the season. Even if he is not offered a new deal, he is likely to find a new club.
Carrick’s game is based on cultured passing, although over the years he has been accused of being a ‘passenger’.
Despite the fact that the midfielder is not guaranteed a place in United’s starting line-up, his experience is valuable to the youngsters at the club.
Over the years, Carrick has worked with a number of top managers, including Sir Alex Ferguson and Fabio Capello. One would expect him to be a good manager if and when he becomes one.