Humphreys eyes coaching career
Ritchie Humphreys is hoping to go into the coaching side of the game when his playing days are over.
By Chris Galea
Last Updated: 20/03/11 10:53pm
Hartlepool United's record appearance holder Ritchie Humphreys is hoping to go into the coaching side of the game when his playing days are over.
The long-serving defender broke the Pools' record by making his 473rd appearance for the club last month.
The 33-year-old has been tipped by Pools boss Mick Wadsworth to go into management once he hangs up his boots, but he is hoping to continue playing for another few years yet.
"You never know, with injuries playing their part, and having played so many games in the last ten years without too many serious injuries, but you try to look after yourself as much as possible," Humphreys told skysports.com.
"Hopefully, I can still play for another couple of years at least though.
"I've been helping on the coaching side of things and I've been working on getting my coaching badges since my late 20's, so I'm well on my way to getting qualified in that respect.
"I've gained a lot of experience this year working with the first-team, which has been a great opportunity that I've grasped.
"I've learnt a lot from both Mick (Wadsworth) and Micky Barron, who is a great coach and a good friend of mine.
"So, maybe eventually coaching and even management will be the next step for me when it is time to finish my playing career."