Everton captain Seamus Coleman has publicly revealed his ambitions to become a manager when he retires from playing football for the Blues.
The 34-year-old extended his stay at Goodison Park by an additional year, agreeing a contract that will see him stay at Everton for the 2023/24 Premier League season.
However, it seems that the Irish international is already contemplating what his post-playing days may now have in store for him, and he has expressed that he ‘definitely’ wants to go into management.
Speaking with the Daily Mail, Coleman outlined his plans once his playing days at Everton are over, stating:
“If you had asked me five years ago, what life would be like at 40, I’d have said ‘disappear back to Killybegs, playing Gaelic football; enjoying life with my family – and you’ll never see or hear from me again.’”
But me and my family are very happy over here – and I love football. I don’t want to be a coach. I want to be a manager. That’s something I definitely want to do. Here? Aye.
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Everton’s veteran captain will be playing his 15th consecutive season in a blue shirt once he returns from injury and he will no doubt continue with his exceptional service.
Indeed, Seamus Coleman’s professionalism, loyalty and passion are just a few of the qualities that have made him a fan favourite at Goodison Park over the years, skills that he can transfer to his managerial goals.
Everton have a history of former players becoming successful in the Goodison Park dugout, with the likes of Howard Kendal and Joe Royle lifting silverware – perhaps Seamus Coleman will follow in their footsteps one day.