Former Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic has expressed his desire to become a manager in the future.
The Serbian spent eight years at Old Trafford, making 211 appearances and winning 10 major honours, cementing himself in the hearts of Man United fans in the process.
Vidic left United to join Inter Milan in 2013 and announced his retirement from football in January 2016.
In an interview with Four Four Two, Vidic, reflecting on the prospect of life after football, admitted he would like to enter the world of management in the future.
“I would like to be a manager,” he said, “but only if I had the opportunity first to be a coach and learn from someone for maybe one or two years.
“I would take the experiences I had of the managers I’ve worked under – some great ones, such as Alex Ferguson. Nemanja the manager won’t be the same Nemanja that you saw on the pitch. They are two completely different roles.”
The Serbian makes an interesting point about invoking a managerial style that comes across as strictly independent of his brutish, powerful style as a player. He will, of course, need to adopt a more nuanced approach, incorporating various elements of management that we’re manifest in his style.
When it comes to man-management, however, the direct, ruthless approach that hallmarked his approach to captaincy could reap devastating results.