Car­rick Im­me­di­ate Switch to Coach­ing Role

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LON­DON (Dis­patches) - Michael Car­rick is mak­ing an im­me­di­ate switch from Manch­ester United’s play­ing squad to the coach­ing team in time for Satur­day’s FA Cup fi­nal against Chelsea.

The for­mer Eng­land mid­fielder hung up his boots on Sun­day af­ter United’s fi­nal Premier League game of the sea­son against Wat­ford.

The fol­low­ing day he be­gan his new job as a mem­ber of man­ager Jose Mour­inho’s coach­ing staff, with this week­end’s clash against Chelsea at Wem­b­ley his first as­sign­ment.

“It changes overnight,” Car­rick said. “I am not train­ing this week. I am go­ing to jump on the staff.”

The 36-year-old had other op­tions as he ap­proached the end of his play­ing ca­reer but the chance to work un­der Mour­inho was too good to refuse.

“A cou­ple of years ago I thought maybe it would be a good thing to spend time with the fam­ily, but then it’s about tim­ing and op­por­tu­ni­ties,” said Car­rick, who made 464 ap­pear­ances for United over 12 years af­ter ear­lier spells with West Ham and Tot­ten­ham.

“You never know what is go­ing to be around the cor­ner. As soon as this came up I didn’t think twice.

“He is one of the best, he’s been around for many years and it all fits in. I’ve been at this club, and it is such a great club, so I ob­vi­ously know the club and the man­ager.”

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