Yorke reveals India interest in coaching debut

"Yes, I am looking at this stage of my career to break into management. I do have every intention be here in India or back home I want to get into coaching. Hopefully, if I start here, I can contribute to the development of football," said Yorke.

Manchester United Club Ambassador and former player Dwight Yorke with young players during a football clinic at CCFC (Calcutta Cricket and Football Club) in Kolkata.   -  PTI

Former Manchester United star forward Dwight Yorke has given hints that India may well be his debut venture as he looks to start a career in coaching.

“Yes, I am looking at this stage of my career to break into management. I do have every intention be here in India or back home I want to get into coaching. Hopefully, if I start here, I can contribute to the development of football,” Yorke, who visited the city on a promotional trip for his former club and its official partner Gulf Oil, said on Wednesday.

Expressing his great interest in the sub-continent, the Trinidad and Tobago World Cupper said he keenly follows IPL and is also aware of the impact the ISL is having on Indian football. “I follow the IPL and I also follow football in India. I know there is a huge Manchester United fan base here, which goes to show the popularity of the sport. In the last couple of years football here has been on the rise. You have foreigners coming in representing the various clubs,” said the 44-year-old former striker, revealing his enthusiasm about the developments happening in India.

Expressing his attachment to cricket, which he said comes from his acquaintance with legendary Brian Lara, Yorke said West Indian cricket is passing through a great time in limited-overs format though things are not bright in Test cricket. “I always have been a cricket fan, Brian Lara is my best friend and cricket has always been a part of me. West Indies have been in a downward spiral for some years when it comes to Test cricket. But in the T20 and the 50-over game West Indies are a very competitive. This has been a great year as we have had a hat-trick of success winning T20 World Cups (both the men’s and women’s titles), and also the under-19 World Cup. Maybe players who are involved too much with T20s can come back and give some credibility back to Test cricket,” Yorke said.

Coming back to the travails of his old club Manchester United, Yorke hoped the Red Devils will be turning the corner under the new manager in Jose Mourinho. “We are all intrigued with the quality that we have managed to achieve this season. I am pretty excited about the new season, new manager and new players. We have been in a transitional period over the last few years. But I believe we have now got the right manager to lead us,” Yorke said. The nimble striker, who scored 48 goals in 96 appearances for Manchester United, said the arrival of the charismatic Swede Zlatan Ibrahimovic and the presence of Frenchman Anthony Martial, will give the team the necessary edge in attack.

Getting back to the time when he helped the Red Devils gain the unique treble of titles (the Premier League, FA Cup and the Champions League), Yorke attributed his success to the brilliance of his coach Alex Ferguson. Reminiscing about the class of Ferguson and the effect he had on his career, Yorke said, “He (Ferguson) not only had an eye for the best players but his man management skills always helped bring the best out of the players. When I had joined the club I was already a good player. But he made me a better player.”

Yorke won the Champions League title with Manchester United in 1999 and he called it the greatest point of his career. According to the forward, more than the title, it was about the dramatic manner in which his team scored twice in the added time to overturn the 1-0 lead Bayern Munich enjoyed till the end of 90 minutes, that gave him the joy. “When I joined the club I wanted to win trophies. But the way we won it in the dying minutes… it is crazy. We won the (Premiership) League 10 days before. Seven days after that we got the FA Cup. And then we were back in Nou Camp (Barcelona) within three days fighting for what is considered, outside the World Cup, the biggest prize in world football. We were out to create history. Obviously winning the trophy in that manner has to be the greatest point of my career,” concluded Yorke.

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