QPR midfielder has no intention of entering into management after he retires
PUBLISHED: 16:00 09 May 2016 | UPDATED: 09:46 10 May 2016
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He may be a master when it comes to juggling around his fantasy football team, but when it boils down to the real thing QPR midfielder Karl Henry says he has no interest whatsoever in becoming a manager when he hangs up his boots.
The 33-year-old, who is yet to discover if he will be offered a new deal at Loftus Road, has revealed to the Times that he has no desire in prolonging his career in football when he retires.
He said: “No, definitely not, that’s not for me. I think I’ll go down the property route, a lot of players do.
“I’ve got an enormous amount of respect for managers and the job they do, but it’s not something I’m interested in.
“I’ll stick to playing fantasy football – I’m pretty good at that to be fair. I started playing it three or four years ago, me and a few of my mates started up a league – I thought it was for kids originally!
“I’ve been hooked ever since. I really get into it each week. When my players aren’t performing well it kills me, it really does.
“It’s a bit of an insight into it all for me. You look at your team and wonder how you’ve got so little points some weeks, considering the strength in depth your team you has.”
He added: “If you sign players early doors you get them before they go for a premium price. It’s a long-term strategy, but it’s worth it.
“The second half of the season is when you really start to see the benefits of it. My team’s value is £110million, so I have surplus cash to play with, whereas there are other people who are trying to sign those top players who are in form later on.”
Henry’s team includes Mesut Ozil, PFA Player of the Year Riyad Mahrez and strike trio Jamie Vardy, Harry Kane and Sergio Aguero.
“I’ve got too many options,” said Henry. “I’m able to put (Toby) Alderweireld on the bench some weeks, because I think Spurs might concede a goal.
“Perchy (James Perch), who is terrible by the way, has no options so he has to play who he has. All this just cements the idea why I don’t want to be a manager, even if I am top of the five leagues I take part in!”
Elsewhere, Henry has heaped praise on Dutchman Tjaronn Chery, who has been hugely impressive for the Rs in the second half of a campaign to forget for all concerned at the club.
“Chery has scored quite a few goals for us and has really kicked on the last few months,” explained Henry.
“I obviously see him in close hand in training and he’s a really good talent and probably one of the best I’ve seen in that No 10 role.
“He’s got great awareness and knows what is around him. He probably hasn’t played as much as he would have liked this season, but he’s in the team now and doing it on a consistent basis so all credit to him.”
Rangers will be cutting their budget further this summer, with a number of high earners such as Rob Green and Samba Diakite already leaving the club, but Henry insists that won’t affect whether he stays at the club or not.
“Cutting the budget won’t really affect my wages, I think I missed the boat with those big wages when I signed for the club,” said Henry.
“I think we are starting to get a good structure into place now, though, and hopefully that will show next year.”