Rangers striker Jermain Defoe admitted that he would rather become a manager than a pundit after he retires as a player.
Now 38, Defoe has continued to play an important role for the Gers this season and remains an experienced voice in the dressing room.
The former England man has acted as a pundit with Sky Sports in the past and claimed that his decision to continue as a player had upset the TV network.
Asked whether he would rather be a manager or pundit after retiring, Defoe refused to rule out either option.
“I’d love to do both,” he told Mennie Talks.
“I’ve done some of the punditry work and I have a good relationship with Sky, with the punditry stuff they were actually upset I signed a new contract at Rangers, but I’d like to do pundit work.
“I would rather be a manager to be honest, of course, do a bit of coaching especially forward coaching, but I would like to be a manager. Especially for the managers that I have played under looking at how they like to do things, how they are. I think a big part of being a manager is how you deal with people, knowing how to speak to the players and just understanding what people need. I would like to be a manager of course.”
Defoe was back on the scoresheet on Sunday as Rangers beat Falkirk 4-0 in the Betfred League Cup, but at 38 years of age and in his 21st season as a professional, it is understandable that he is thinking about the future.
Working with a first-time manager in the shape of Steven Gerrard will surely be of benefit to the striker, who will hope that Gerrard can give him advice about managing the transition.
By all accounts, Defoe has played an important role as a mentor for some of the Gers younger players and it is likely that the club would be interested in keeping him on as a coach in the future.
The former Tottenham Hotspur striker revealed in an interview with talkSPORT that he had worked with some of the Gers young players over lockdown via Zoom.
He added that this is something that he wants to do more of at Rangers once more face-to-face interaction becomes possible, so it would be no surprise to see him become more involved on the coaching side at the club.
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