Harry Kewell starts coaching career and wants to manage Liverpool

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The Australian former Leeds and Liverpool forward is starting out on the long road to coaching badges, but, as ever, he has lofty ambitions.

Kewell played over 200 games for Leeds United and 137 for Liverpool in a career in England which spanned 1996 to 2008. In truth it was a career that promised more than it delivered, mostly down to injury issues, and the dazzling form that heralded his introduction to Leeds United's first team under George Graham and David O'Leary never quite materialised into tangible rewards. 

A controversial transfer to Liverpool in 2003 did eventually bring Kewell a Champions League winner's medal in 2005 and an FA Cup winners' medal a year later, although Kewell was famously substituted early in the second half of both matches. 

Early in his career Kewell outlined an ambition to play for some of Europe's top clubs in Spain and Italy, before retiring back in his homeland of Australia. The reality is that Kewell moved to Galatasaray in Turkey before seeing out his twilight years between Australia and a short stint in Qatar.

However, Kewell has never lacked self-belief, and now that he has retired and is outlining his ambitions for a coaching career, Kewell is still full of confidence and forward-thinking.

Speaking to Fox Sports in Australia, Kewell said: “I want to move into the next phase of my life, into coaching. I enjoy it. Hopefully I can continue it and put back into Australian football and make it the No 1 sport in Australia.

“I’ve just finished my footballing career, so the Harry Kewell Academy is a perfect start because I have to know if I can coach, and if I can handle it. So far everything seems to be going well. I’m off to do my coaching badges this year, so hopefully I can pass them and from there, you never know."

Kewell's injury problems at Anfield meant he was never as popular among the fans as he had hoped, but he returned to the city this week to play a part in the 10th anniversary celebrations of the Champions League triumph in Istanbul. When asked about his coaching ambitions, it was natural that Liverpool would be among the clubs mentioned.

“Maybe I can continue with my academy and go over to Europe to take some of the ideas I’ve learnt from managers I’ve worked with and put them into my academy" Kewell said.

“If there’s a possibility of getting an A-League job, I don’t know. For me, I reach for the heights, I’d love to manage a Premiership team. I would love to (manage Liverpool). I’m sure every player and every manager out there would love to manage probably the biggest club in the world."

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