Owen open to management

by kieranodaly , 23 March 2013

Michael Owen has indicated he would be open to a career in coaching or management as he ponders life after playing.

The Stoke City player, who announced earlier this week that he is hanging up his boots at the end of the current season, plans to continue with his work in the media as well as launching his own management company but is open to continuing a career in the game.

"I have not closed the door on management," Owen told the BBC. "I find it hard to say no to people. If someone offers you a good job, I'd think, 'I would love to do that'."

The 33-year-old, who played for Liverpool, Real Madrid, Newcastle United and Manchester United in a long and injury-blighted career, revealed that it was his inability to command a first-team spot at Stoke since joining on a free transfer last summer which prompted his decision to retire.

Owen endured a number of long-term injuries throughout his career and believes a lot of his problems stemmed from the amount of football he played at a young age having broken into the Liverpool first team at the age of 17.

"I did not have a break for years and years," he said. "That is something I would advise young players now to guard against."

Responding to a question as to whether he would have had a longer and better career if he had started out at Manchester United he replied: "If you want an honest answer, then it is probably a yes.

"I had the choice to join Manchester United when I was a kid but I chose Liverpool. Yes, I could be playing a bit longer, might have had a few more medals in a pocket but who knows? I would not swap my time at Liverpool - they were my best years."

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