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Which players could make the move into management in the future?

Tuesday 26th December 2017

After Leon Britton’s appointment as the caretaker manager of Swansea (although he has stated he does not want the job on a permanent basis), I look at which other players are likely to take that step up into management once their playing careers come to an end.

Taking a look at each team currently in the Premier League I pick a player from each one that could be taking to the tactics board after they have hung up their boots for the final time.

Arsenal – Jack Wilshere
This may seem like a long shot but the midfielder has a great knowledge of the game and has already started work on his coaching badges. He has a UEFA B license and will have learned a lot from his current boss Arsene Wenger, having played under him for so long.

Bournemouth – Harry Arter
Another midfielder and the Cherries’ fans’ favourite already has his own Football Academy that is partnered with Bournemouth and he’ll be looking to follow in the footsteps of Eddie Howe.

Brighton – Liam Rosenior
The right-back is already planning for a career outside football having already written columns for the Guardian newspaper and the Englishman also has a UEFA Continental Pro License in coaching – the highest qualification you can get in Europe for coaching.

Burnley – Jack Cork
The former Swansea City captain certainly has the leadership abilities to become a manager. The way he has organised the Burnley midfield is admirable as it is telling of his coaching skills.

Chelsea – Cesar Azpilicueta
In a recent interview with Sky, Eden Hazard tipped his Spanish teammate to make the move to the dugout after retiring because ‘he is talking a lot about football’. His professionalism and leadership shown on the pitch are also early indicators of a coaching career.

Crystal Palace – Julian Speroni
The veteran goalkeeper is nearing the end of his playing days so a career in coaching could be just around the corner. He’s already taken part in some public training sessions on behalf of his club with a mixture of outfield and goalkeeping activities.

Everton – Wayne Rooney
The Everton captain has been very outspoken about his desire to go into coaching but he’ll have to get past the personal problems before he takes charge of a group of players.

Huddersfield – Dean Whitehead
There are no obvious candidates from the Huddersfield squad but the holding midfielder is a great professional and has the attributes for a career in coaching.

Leicester – Kasper Schmeichel
The goalkeeper is a very vocal member of the Leicester squad and, unlike his dad, could venture into coaching whether that be specifically in goalkeeping or as a manager.

Liverpool – Adam Lallana
Having already held academy sessions at Liverpool, Lallana seems to be on the right track to becoming a manager and his problems with injury could give him more time to prepare for it.

Manchester City – Vincent Kompany
The club Captain has said he wants to continue in football ‘one hundred percent’ and is looking to use his experience and help others in the sport after retiring.

Manchester United – Michael Carrick
The ageing midfielder is yet to play for United this season after health problems and the club are prepared to offer him a coaching role should he retire in the near future so he’s a shoe-in. Zlatan Ibrahimovic is also taking his coaching badges but who knows what he’ll do next.

Newcastle – Paul Dummett
Like some of the previous names, he’s been involved in Academy coaching at his club and is keen to go into coaching once his playing days are over.

Southampton – Charlie Austin
The English striker has his own Football Academy in Hungerford, so even if he doesn’t go into management, he’ll be involved in that when he has more time after retirement.

Stoke – Charlie Adam
Despite not having hung up his boots just yet, the Scot has been linked with the vacant job at Rangers and is looking to get into management.

Swansea – Leon Britton
For obvious reasons.

Tottenham – Eric Dier
Harry Kane has tipped his teammate for a career in coaching after he retires but that’s a long time away. His experience of growing up in Portugal will undoubtedly be a benefit if he does go into management one day.

Watford – Heurelho Gomes
The goalkeeper has revealed his desire to do his coaching badges but isn’t sure whether he will go into coaching or not. A career as an agent is attracting his attention but he certainly has the potential for a career in the dugout.

West Brom – Gareth Barry
The consummate professional with plenty of experience. A lower league club would jump at the chance of hiring such a respected figure.

West Ham – Mark Noble
The club captain once coached his old school team after hearing they were struggling for results, so he certainly doesn’t lack confidence.

Do you agree with the suggestions above? If you have some other contenders in mind, send us a Tweet or leave a message in the comments box!

Billy Munday

I'm a young, aspiring sports journalist and also a Chelsea fan, living the dream in London. You can find more examples of my work on Chelsea blogs such as the Chelsea Chronicle.

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