QPR’s veteran defender Clint Hill is still learning something new every day
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Clint Hill is eyeing a career as a coach or manager when he decides to hang up his boots, but he isn’t in a hurry to do so just yet.
The 36-year-old last appeared for the Rs in the 4-0 defeat away at Manchester United but says he is fit and raring to go whenever he is called on, despite manager Harry Redknapp recently stating that he had a problem with his ankle.
Hill said: “It’s just old age – that’s all I’m nursing.
“That [ankle problem] has been there for years, that’s just something that you’ve got to get through.
“Every six months or when the occasion arises, you have a little jab. But that’s not something that’s uncommon for footballers. That’s not something that’s going to annoy me at this stage of my career.
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“I’m just trying to stay fit, be positive and stick around the lads, giving them all the support I can.”
Hill declined the option to leave Loftus Road in the summer in order to have another crack at life in the Premier League and has no regrets about the decision he made.
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“Everybody wants to play but I realised last year that obviously making that big step up to the Premier League, with new players coming in, my chances would be restricted,” he said.
“I made a conscious decision of just trying to be a positive influence behind the scenes and being as supportive as I can to everybody – and if I do step in, hopefully I can do a job for the team.”
Hill says he is still learning new things about the game.
“You learn everything every day,” he said. “I want to be a coach, maybe a manager, so coming to these places and watching Jose [Mourinho], the way he reacts and how teams set up, I’m taking things up every day.
“I think sitting there and just watching the game could be a little bit too boring. I think you’ve got to watch these people. You’ve got to take the opportunity to study because you don’t know when the next chance is going to be.”
Hill thinks Rangers can beat champions Manchester City, stating: “Hopefully we can give them a nice shock.”