Michael Carrick has admitted that he wants to become a manager in his own right as he prepares to bring the curtain down on his incredible playing career.
It has been a career which has seen him win every trophy available to him in club football, including five Premier League titles, one Club World Cup, one Champions League, one Europa League, one FA Cup and three League Cups.
However after all those trophies, it is finally time for the 36-year-old to hang up his boots as he prepares to take to the field for the last time before starting his new role as a part of Jose Mourinho’s coaching staff.
While he is hasn’t officially started his coaching duties, he has started to familiarise himself with his future role on the sidelines, but speaking to ESPN, it seems he is already thinking about being the main man in the dugout:
“If you said at this moment in time do you want to manage, I’d probably say yes, I would yeah,” Carrick said.
“It’s something I’m interested in, it’s something I’ve thought about in recent times but I’m not getting ahead of myself.
“I’ve had a decent career, I’ve been a decent player but coaching is a whole different ball game. I can take the experience that I’ve got but there’s so much more to it than that and I’d never take it for granted and just say I can jump into a new role and it will be easy and a breeze because I know it won’t be like that.”
Carrick has already drawn praise from £89 million man Paul Pogba, who credited the former West Ham and Spurs midfielder as the reason for his excellent performance in the Manchester Derby last month. Now, Carrick is insisting he is looking forward to his new job and being able to make a difference more often:
“I think for me it’s all new,” Carrick added.
“It’s a totally different role. It’s one I’m really looking forward to. I’m ready for it. It’s kind of a natural progression and one I’m fully committed to doing. I’m not just doing it because it’s something to give me something to do when I’ve finished playing.
“It’s the start of a new chapter, it’s starting afresh, I’m committed to being as good a coach as I can be and learning from Jose and his staff so I think in time I’ll find my way, find my role, find the kind of input I can have and hopefully it will be successful.”