Former Manchester United left-back Patrice Evra has revealed that Sir Alex Ferguson told him he would make a great coach when he eventually hangs up his boots.
As relayed by ESPN, the French defender, who is currently plying his trade for Serie A champions Juventus, told how the legendary Ferguson called him into his office and offered his thoughts on both Evra and old teammate Ryan Giggs stepping into the dugout.
With Giggs already now serving as Louis van Gaal’s number two at United, and by all accounts serving well, it looks as though Ferguson’s prediction was a suitable one, though Evra has a long way to go if he’s to become a ‘great coach’.
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Evra's Fergie claim
"There are strange feelings now that I didn't have at the start. Ferguson, before he left, called me into his office. He said to me, 'Pat, I'm going to tell you something very important. There are two players who'll be great coaches in this team, that's Ryan Giggs and you,'" Evra recalled.
"I have passed some of the badges as a coach in Manchester. I do everything slowly. I want to get my coaching badges. We'll see after that."
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Collecting his badges
Like a Pokemon trainer striving to reach the Indigo Plateau - don’t ask me how I can recall that - Evra still has a fair way to go despite his work on collecting badges. The 33-year-old has become an important, experienced asset in Massimiliano Allegri’s Juve side and will collect another league winner’s medal barring the most catastrophic of slip ups domestically.
On top of that Juve also have one foot in the semi-finals of the Champions League, having emerged 1-0 winners against AS Monaco in the first-leg of their quarter-final meets. The return fixture will take place at the Stade Louis II stadium on Wednesday and if the Italian giants win they’ll be just two games away from the final of the biggest club competition on earth.
Future in coaching?
Such achievements may ensure Evra keeps his mind’s eye focused on playing for the time being, rather than stepping into coaching prematurely, though eventually it seems his plan is to follow in Giggs’ footsteps. Just where his first detail will be remains to be seen, though either Juve or one of his former clubs - coincidentally perhaps Monaco - are the most logical choices.
When it comes to recommendations there’s few better to have had than that of Sir Alex, meaning Evra’s confidence is sure to be high when he calls time on his playing career.
The Scot has gone down as one of the game’s greatest ever gaffers, and if he’s passed but a shred of his wisdom and ability with regards to management onto Evra then the veteran full-back has more of an advantage than most burgeoning coaches.
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