Soccer

Beckham: I'm no manager

2010-07-15 09:21
David Beckham (AP)

London - David Beckham insisted on Thursday he has no plans to go into management.

The former Manchester United, Real Madrid and AC Milan star is winding his career down in MLS with LA Galaxy, and accompanied the England squad in South Africa.

But in a Yahoo webchat he denied that was the start of a move into management.

"It's something I've never been interested in," he said. "It's not a passion of mine to be a manager of a football team.

"I'm passionate about the game and being there and obviously I was wearing the suit so people have looked and thought I could be going into that.

"But coaching a team, being a manager, at this point in my career I don't want to do that and in the future I don't think that will happen either."

Beckham refused to lay the blame for England's second-round exit with Capello. "He did everything that he could have done," he said.

"He prepared us right. He worked the players to the right amount and he set everything up for the players, but obviously the players know it was disappointing. We didn't perform and as players you know that - you know when you don't perform, you know when you don't play well.

"The manager can do so much and then it's down to the players. The players go on to the pitch and they know if they don't perform they don't win games. The players are honest about that but it's not about individuals, it's not about how individuals play - it's about how we played as a team. It's a cliche but you win as a team and you lose as a team."

But he said he would relish the chance to be part of the Great Britain team at the 2012 London Olympics.

"If I'm still playing and I'm still considered to make a difference to the team I'd love to, but if not then I'm definitely going to be there anyway.

"It's the east end of London - it's on my manor. To be part of getting the Olympics to the east end of London... it's one of the best experiences that I've ever experienced."

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