Carragher and Owen undecided on moves into coaching

Sky Sports has reported that with both Jamie Carragher and Michael Owen set to retire at the end of the season, the former Liverpool teammates are each undecided about their next step.

Both players have been tipped to stay in the game in some capacity, but both have raised doubts over whether the dedication and time needed to succeed in the game as a coach is something that either of them could commit to right now.

Carragher, who has already started taking his coaching badges, said: “We all look at (Sir Alex) Ferguson and (Jose) Mourinho and think we’d love to be them – on the sidelines, winning games, big trophies – but you have to think where they started.

“Mourinho was an assistant for years. Brendan Rodgers hasn’t just got the Liverpool job. He has been working for 20 years. Would I be prepared to go and work at an academy? Maybe, but it’s not top of my list of things that I want to do.”

Carragher added: “I’m not sure players in our situation will go down that road. Maybe if you get a good job straight away, but think of the journeys the managers have gone on to get to the top. Very few top players now would be prepared to do that.

Owen declared that his decision to retire was down to a mentality change towards the game, but said that should he find himself missing being involved in the sport sometime in the future, he could be tempted to try his hand at management.

Some days you look at what you’ve learnt and think, ‘I’d love to give it a go’,” Owen said. “But then the work you have to put in is a lot. If I’m missing football, I’ll see. But the doubt is whether you can do 10 to 15 years of hard work to get there.

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