Owen has management dream
Michael Owen says he wants to finish his career at Manchester United and then become a manager.
By Hayley Paterson
Last Updated: 01/08/10 11:55am
Michael Owen wants to finish his career at Manchester United and said learning his trade under Sir Alex Ferguson has pushed forward his dream of one day becoming a football manager.
The 30-year-old has voiced his desire to remain at the Red Devils by saying he wants United to be his last ever club.
That news will please Ferguson who will be pushing for his side to challenge Premier League title holders Chelsea this season, and Owen said he could not have guidance from a better manager.
"If you'd asked me about becoming a manager two years ago I'd have said no, or given myself a 20 per cent chance at best," Owen told the Sunday Mirror.
"Now there's about an 80 per cent chance of me trying to give it a go.
"You progress naturally in fooball. At 18, 19, you may say to yourself 'He's a good manager' or 'that's a good session'. But generally, you do your job, play your game and don't think too much of it. As you get older you analyse things a bit more."
During an injury-plagued but still a glittering career for the England striker, Owen took his coaching badges whilst on the sidelines for Newcastle United.
And with the experience he has already learnt in his first season under the watchful eye of Ferguson, Owen said he is truly working with 'the master'.
"What he (Ferguson) has won, what he has done over 20 years, he has to be the best," he said.
"He talks to us as men. Others could say the same, but because it comes from him it means so much more.
"Everyone is intriged as to what he is like. They want to know what makes him successful, what makes him tick, what makes him the best.
"The thing that stands out for me is his winning mentality. That transfers to his team, and his staff. Everything is geared to winning. If you don't win it's a darker place to be the next here."
Hungry to remain in football, Owen said he is not afraid to begin his football management career in the lower leagues.
"I wouldn't rule out anything. When Chester were in the mire, I thought, 'I'd love to help save them, get them up a few divisions'," said Owen.
"Serving my apprenticeship lower down wouldn't scare me. I'd want something to take forward, to snowball.
"Look at clubs like Sheffield Wednesday, Leeds, Newcastle. Big fan bases, great support. Whoever manages them has a real chance of getting those places rocking."