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What Michael Carrick can bring to his coaching role?

When Michael Carrick finishes his playing career at the end of this season, it will mark the end of what has been a massively successful career for the midfielder. The 36-year-old has won a number of major honours at Old Trafford including five Premier League titles and a Champions League win back in 2008.

Although it will be sad for such a talented midfielder to end his career, it marks the start of a new chapter in Carrick’s career when he takes up a role on Manchester United’s coaching staff. After playing at the top for such a sustained period for both club and country, what can Carrick bring to his new role as a coach?

Carrick joined United back in 2006 for just over £18 million, a fee which was frowned upon at the time for a player who had only played 60 games for Tottenham previously. However, then Spurs boss Martin Jol stated:

“I don’t want to lose a player like Michael, who was probably our best midfielder last season.”

Carrick won the league title in his very first season at Old Trafford making 33 appearances, scoring three goals. He was an integral part of United’s team for the next two season’s as United won two more league titles and the Champions League.

His best season at United came in the 2012/13 season where Carrick was named in the PFA Team of the year, in the same season that Carrick won his fifth league title with United in Sir Alex Ferguson’s last season before retiring.

Since the departure of Ferguson, Carrick has been an important figure on the pitch, but more so off it, as he was one of the most experienced players in the dressing room.

Carrick took his coaching badges last season and began working with United’s under 14’s as he starting to prepare for life after playing. After Carrick’s testimonial last season former manager Sir Alex Ferguson said he thought the 36-year-old ‘has the natural abilities to do the job’.

It was revealed last month that the midfielder will retire at the end of the season, after only playing three times since a heart operating back in November. Jose Mourinho, then divulged that Carrick would, in fact, join United’s coaching set-up from next season, and made his debut in the United dugout in the recent win against Swansea.

Carrick can bring a lot to his new coaching role, despite his lack of experience as a coach. He has much experience on the playing side, having played at the top for a number of years and winning every major honour in club football. Not only that, he will automatically have the respect of everyone in the dressing room, and people will listen to him which is half the battle.

To have his first coaching role under such a manager as Jose Mourinho is really going to set-up the former England midfielder for a successful career in coaching and maybe one-day management. If Carrick has a successful coaching career like he has done in his playing career he will be very successful, but he is going to need time to learn the ropes.

Written by Dan Pearce

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