Former Aston Villa striker Juan Pablo Angel considering coaching career

The 39-year-old Colombian hung up his boots at boyhood club Atletico Nacional last December.

If Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood is looking for someone to coach up his misfiring strikeforce in the near future, a certain club legend just might be able to lend a helping hand.

Speaking to ExtraTime Radio this week, former Villa forward Juan Pablo Angel revealed that he is considering going into coaching after retiring from the game last December following a career that saw him score more than 250 goals over the span of two decades.

The 39-year-old Colombian, who is currently working as an analyst for beIN Sports, said: “It’s an option. Right now I’m doing different things.

“I’m trying to educate myself in different areas of the game and eventually I will make a decision, whether it’s coaching, a front office position or working with the media.

“But coaching is definitely something that appeals to me and I might get involved in it in a short period of time.”

Angel originally joined Villa from Argentine giants River Plate in January 2001 for a then club-record £9.5 million fee and recovered from a slow start to score 62 times in 205 total appearances for the club, before leaving for the New York Red Bulls in April 2007 as a firm fan favourite.

His six-year spell in MLS, which also included stints at the LA Galaxy and Chivas USA, saw the 33-times capped Colombian become the Red Bulls’ all-time scoring leader with 58 goals in 102 regular-season appearances, and he left the States following the 2012 season having established a reputation as one of the league’s greatest-ever finishers.

Subsequently seeing out the rest of his career with boyhood club Atletico Nacional, the Medellin-native helped his local side win three consecutive league titles and make the Copa Sudamerica final before hanging up his boots, but a switch to the sidelines now sounds more than possible.

The former Holte End hero would seem to have all the makings of a potential coach thanks to his vast knowledge and experience in the game, and he has even admitted in the past that he would “absolutely love to go back” to Villa Park in some capacity if the chance arose.

Who knows, maybe he could even be a future manager one day, although it is probably a bit early to be listing him among the struggling Sherwood’s potential successors.

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