Coaching hopes

Owen reveals managerial ambitions

August 1, 2010
By Soccernet staff

Manchester United striker Michael Owen is keen to turn his hand to management when his playing career comes to a close.

Michael Owen substitutes bench
GettyImagesMichael Owen has had plenty of time to absorb games from the bench in recent years

Owen, 30, has played top-flight football for the past 13 years and is preparing for another season with United, where he admitted he would like to remain until he hangs up his boots.

Having been plagued by injuries throughout his career, Owen has experienced plenty of time away from the pitch, with the former Liverpool and Real Madrid striker first taking his coaching badges when he was sidelined at Newcastle a few years ago.

Owen would be happy to cut his teeth with a lower division club and believes he has the perfect role model in Sir Alex Ferguson, who he described as "the master".

"If you'd asked me about becoming a manager two years ago, I'd have said no but now there's about an 80 per cent chance of me trying to give it a go," Owen told the Sunday Mirror. "I decided to take my coaching badges at Newcastle when I was 27 and injured, sitting in the standing watching games.

"That's when you start forming an opinion on what players do and which formations work. You look at football in a different way.

"I wouldn't rule out anything. When Chester were in the mire, I thought 'I'd love to help saves them, get them up a few divisions'. Serving my apprenticeship, lower down, wouldn't scare me."