Just days after retiring from the professional game, Michael Carrick has landed himself a coaching role at Old Trafford ahead of their clash with Chelsea in the FA Cup final.
Michael Carrick’s absence on the field will no doubt be felt after he called time on his 12-year stint at the Manchester club. Over the course of his time at Old Trafford, he managed to win every single English domestic trophy on offer including five Premier League titles.
His passing and calm demeanour in the centre of the park had many already citing him as a club legend years ago and with his decision to hang up his boots after last weekend’s final Premier League fixture, there has been an outpouring of respect for his time spent in the United squad.
Now, with the Red Devils set to face Chelsea in the FA Cup final next weekend, Carrick will fill a role on manager José Mourinho’s coaching staff and in an interview given shortly after his retirement, stated the following.
“It changes overnight. I am not training this week. I am going to jump on the staff.
“A couple of years ago I thought maybe it would be a good thing to spend time with the family, but then it’s about timing and opportunities. You never know what is going to be around the corner. As soon as this came up I didn’t think twice.
“He is one of the best, he’s been around for many years and it all fits in. I’ve been at this club, and it is such a great club, so I obviously know the club and the manager.” (via Irish Examiner)
He will no doubt be missed as part of the first-team setup but with this new challenge in the career of the one-time Champions League winner, it will be interesting to see if he can take to his new position with the same level of success as he did his last.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena