JUN 00] COVENTRY CITY NEWS
Strachan Could Retire To Escape Management
Strachan might retire from football management when his current
contract with Coventry City ends because he would rather be a coach.
Sky Blues boss has admitted he doesn’t really enjoy the day-to-day
pressures of football management in an interview with a newspaper in
when his five-year contract ends he said he would consider walking
away from the world of management to concentrate on his real love of
said his immediate aim with City is to guide them to a UEFA cup spot
– an achievement that went astray last season because of the poor
who is in Hong Kong to play in a sevens tournament that also included
former boss Phil Neal, said it was almost impossible to relax at the
helm of a Premier League club.
never gets away from you. You have to work all the time.
I have to get to work at midnight to check on things. I have to
speak to the club chairman, players and people.
idea of coming to Hong Kong was to get away from it, but you really
can't because there is so much to do.”
would much rather be coaching because that's what I really like to
do. I don't like being a manager.
16 years I have learnt from people and I want to give something
back. I'm not doing what I really like doing, but ironically, I have
signed a new five-year contract with Coventry.
I miss playing football? No, I don't. I do play with the older men
and with kids. I still enjoy football but I don't get paid for that
said improving the away record was a top priority:
didn't have one single away win last season. If we had won three
games, we would have finished in the top seven. But it wasn't to be.
like playing golf when you're putting. The balls were lipping the
holes all the time. We didn't really trust ourselves and we need
more confidence in the future.
of that Coventry had the best home record after Manchester United,
Arsenal and Chelsea.
are up 40 per cent from the season before. We are going to have a
new stadium in 18 months and the youth system is working.''
now, my goal for next season is to try to get Coventry to Europe. If
we get all our players fit, we can do it. We can be challenging for
a UEFA Cup spot."
will Strachan do once he finishes his contract with Coventry? He told
probably retire and just coach youngsters all over the world. I'm
going to enjoy myself for a change."