Management does not interest me – Beckham

 

David Beckham has ruled out a future in management when he finally hangs up his boots. The 36-year-old is weighing a number of contract offers to continue playing as his five-year deal with the Los Angeles Galaxy comes to a close, and while Beckham insists his hunger to play is as strong as ever, he has no ambitions to move into management once he does call it a day.

Beckham spoke during the Galaxy's post-season tour of Australia, and revealed he had not enjoyed working as an assistant to England coach Fabio Capello at the last World Cup.

"I didn't like it at all," he said. "I don't know how managers and coaches do it. I love working with kids and coaching kids, but being a manager is one of those things that has never interested me. I enjoyed being part of that whole experience, but being on the sidelines was difficult."

Beckham revealed he has received several offers to continue playing, not only from Paris Saint-Germain, adding that he will not be rushed on a decision.

"I have got a big decision to make now," he said. "I said I wanted to wait until the end of the season and it is the end of the season now, so I need to take some downtime and decide what I need to do next. I'd have to decide in the next few weeks, maybe before Christmas, maybe just after. But I'm going to take my time. It's a big decision.

"I've had other offers [besides PSG], which is nice, especially when you're 36, some people would say towards the end of my career. I've got options and offers but I'm still a Galaxy player right now and that might not change."

One part of Beckham's decision is the desire to be fit to play for Great Britain at next summer's Olympics. "I hope to be part of the Great Britain team," he said. "Everyone knows how passionate I am about playing for my country and to represent my country in an Olympics would be pretty incredible, especially as the Olympics is in a part of London where I grew up."

Beckham could opt to remain with the Galaxy who have offered a new deal, but if he does leave Beckham said he will look back on his time in America as a huge success. "[It's been] amazing," he added. "It's been such a great experience on and off the field. Off the field I accomplished everything I wanted to accomplish. I wanted to be part of a league that was growing, I wanted to see the interest grow and we've seen that in the last five years. I wanted to be successful on the field, whether it's my last year or not, and we won the championship, which was nice.

"I knew that this league and this sport could grow in this country, but I didn't expect it to grow as it has in the last few years. I've seen the interest levels go up. Now the MLS is talked about around the whole world, which it wasn't before, so it's been nice to see the growth."

On the pitch, Beckham enjoyed what could be his final game yesterday in a Los Angeles Galaxy shirt as the Major League Soccer champions won the Hyundai Club Challenge with a penalty shootout triumph over Melbourne Victory in Melbourne. Beckham, whose contract with the Galaxy expires later this month, played well as the game ended 2-2 after 90 minutes before the visitors edged it on spot-kicks.

The former Manchester United star departed, having won the penalty which enabled the Galaxy to equalise early in the second half, a minute from time holding his right hamstring.

Victory took a 2-0 lead thanks to Carlos Hernandez on 15 minutes and Isaka Cernak 22 minutes later. But two penalties either side of half-time, both of which were contentious, saw the Galaxy draw level through Robbie Keane . The match went to penalties and although Landon Donovan missed for the Californians, Paulo Retre and Marco Rojas followed suit to deny the hosts.

It was an end-to-end first half, with Victory's Archie Thompson having one shot saved and pushing another wide inside the first five minutes.

Beckham got the crowd going with an ambitious lob from 50 yards which almost caught Ante Covic out as it sailed just wide. But 15 minutes in it was the home side celebrating when Cernak set up Hernandez, whose first shot was blocked by a defender before he got clear to beat Josh Saunders.

Adam Cristman headed wide at the other end before Victory striker Danny Allsopp hit two efforts straight at Saunders. The second goal came after 37 minutes with Hernandez playing provider to Cernak this time, hitting a perfectly weighted ball for the midfielder to run on to and finish well.

Galaxy had a Keane shot saved before Chris Birchall's drive forced a Victory handball in the box and a penalty for the visitors. Keane slotted home the spot-kick to make it 2-1.

Victory should have restored the two-goal buffer before half-time with Adrian Leijer having a header cleared off the line by Birchall before Allsopp hit an excellent chance over.

Beckham inserted himself into the game in a decisive manner soon after the resumption and when he was upended by Petar Franjic, referee Strebre Delovski again pointed to the spot. Keane had no trouble beating substitute keeper Lawrence Thomas.

Keane fired two chances over the bar before the hour, while Donovan and Paolo Cardozo were also off target. There was also a fair share of profligacy at the other end with Jean Carlos Solorzano unable to shoot into an open goal and then failing in his bid for a penalty.

Allsopp went close late on while Galaxy's Hector Jimenez hit the post.

The shootout looked like going Melbourne's way, but a couple of mistakes from youngsters proved the difference.

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