Everton stalwart Leighton Baines has been tipped to be offered a coaching role with the club once his playing career comes to an end.
The 35-year-old has recently been offered a new one-year deal with Everton after already providing 13 years of service to the club.
Speaking to Football Insider, Paul Robinson believes that the Merseyside outfit will reward Baines’ loyalty by offering him a position among the coaching team once he retires.
“Baines is the type of player that you see making a natural transition from playing to coaching. A potential manager in the future,” the ex-England goalkeeper said. “I suspect for the service and the time he has been at Everton, if coaching was an option, you could see him sat at the dugout at Everton earning his stripes as a coach.”
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Baines has made a total of 417 appearances for the Toffees, notching 39 goals and 67 assists over the years (via Transfermarkt). Despite being offered an extension on his contract, the left-back could turn it down due to not seeing much action this season. The veteran has been limited to just five Premier League appearances this campaign, which may be enough of a reason to hang up his boots and start looking at his next career chapter.
“He is 35 but he has looked after himself and played at a top level for a long time. A great player,” Robinson commented. “He has been loyal to Everton for 13 years and that is a rarity.”
Baines could be a smart and beneficial asset to the Blues’ backroom staff and, with the right people around him, he could certainly have a chance of eventually becoming the first team manager, providing he sees success at youth level.
What’s your take, Toffees fans? Would Leighton Baines make a good Everton manager in the future? Have your say in the comments below!
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