Beckham: I'm no manager

2010-07-15 09:21

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."


  • Jimmy - 2010-07-15 09:54

    Beckham is an a**hole. Trying to squeeze every last possible piece of glory and every penny out of the game for himself, but couldn't be bothered to give anything back. Chop!

  • rob - 2010-07-15 09:59


  • JOSY - 2010-07-15 10:15

    jurnos are analysing too much-this goes far to ask the quality and biasedness of their reporting-why chase people not the subject? who are you representing.

  • Gaz - 2010-07-15 10:16

    Not surprised...he can't even count to 3

  • Noma - 2010-07-15 10:30

    @Jimmy Please grow up! Its so easy to be negative. The guy is just laying out his future plans and giving his opinion just like he was asked. Its easy to criticise that he isnt giving anything back but how do you know? do you have his bank statements? Did he tell he's not? I dont think so. Im not saying I know everything but you need to be objective.

  • Danny - 2010-07-15 10:40

    David Beckham has never tried to be anything other than a footballer. Why must he become a coach? Why write an article about him not wanting to be a coach?

  • Jimmy@Noma - 2010-07-15 11:06

    Umm, I know he's not giving anything back because he said so. Did you read the article? He said "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." I'm not naive enough to imagine that he would be giving money to someting without putting his name on it. I see no evidence from his past to show him being shy of the media and exposure. I'm not being negative, I just thought that someone of his notoriety might try to do something to promote the game. Part of being a grown up (as you say I should be) is assessing what's put in front of you and forming and opinion based on what you know. If you know something, please enlighten me and I'll happily review my opinion.

  • Biggy Smallz - 2010-07-15 12:46

    Don't criticise Becks for not wanting to be a coach. Common sense please: Not every good player makes a good coach! And 1 needs to be passionate about becoming a coach & capable of it. Luckily DB knows & understands that. Who knows, he could become a club owner. Would that be giving back to the game?

  • observer@jimmy - 2010-07-15 13:40

    Jimmy, how about he travelled to SA to sit on the bench and support/assist his team because he was asked to do so. How about he has set up various academies in his native country. Why does each and every player have to become a manager anyway. Not everyone is cut out to do that...perhaps he will give back in other ways. He says "it's not a passion of mine to be a manager"- you read "I'm not going to give anything back to the game I play...eff football". Huh?

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