QPR defender would relish a crack at management once his playing days end

PUBLISHED: 06:00 10 November 2016

Queen Park Rangers' James Perch

Queen Park Rangers' James Perch


James Perch believes laziness is holding back many aspiring coaches who talk a good game but do little to back it up.

The Rs defender, who has won his place back in the starting XI in recent weeks, revealed he would love to have a crack at management when he hangs up his boots.

He told the Times: “I’d like to give it a go. I’ve already started my badges. Whether I’ll step into it is another matter.

“I spoke to Jimmy [Floyd Hasselbaink] about it and it’s not as easy as Football Manager. You have to be ready to put up with a lot of stuff. I’ve done my B licence and I’m looking to do my A now as soon as possible.

“I did it with a few Newcastle boys two years ago, as well as Andy Impey [who works at QPR]. There are few ex-pros going down that route.”

He continued: “I’d put it down to laziness [people not getting into management].

“There are a lot of ex-players in the English game and pundits who talk about the game and you think ‘go and do your coaching badges’.

“If you know that much and think it’s easy to talk about the game, go and manage. Gary Neville – he knows a lot about the game, went and dipped his foot in and found it hard at Valencia.”

Perch believes that many in the game are paid too much to be pundits, so therefore can’t be bothered to try and forge a career in management or coaching.

“I think it’s pure laziness,” he stated. “If you offer people the chance to talk about the game and pay them well, why are they going to then go into coaching?

“You’re putting yourself out there being a coach and it takes a tough man to go and do it. Maybe there could be some coaches out there who can’t fund it themselves and maybe that needs to be looked at.”

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