Freetown, SIERRA LEONE – Reports confirm that Sierra Leonean defender and former England international Steven Caulker has achieved his UEFA B coaching Badge from the English FA.
Caulker, renowned for his roles at Liverpool and Tottenham, played a pivotal role for Sierra Leone during the African Cup of Nations in Cameroon. He has expressed his intentions to pursue the UEFA A license next year, transitioning from his playing career to coaching.
The one-time England defender is ardently focusing on a future in coaching, emphasizing that coaching is the pathway forward for him.
“In terms of my aspirations, my ambition is to be a manager. Perhaps, one day, to manage Sierra Leone. That would be a dream. I aspire to provide opportunities for young Sierra Leoneans to play an attractive style of football,” Caulker conveyed to Football Sierra Leone.
He continued, “Next year, I’ll embark on my UEFA A coaching badge – this is a goal I’m actively pursuing. At present, I’m transitioning from playing into a managerial role.”
Regarding his current playing career, Caulker elaborated, “I have the option in January for a player-manager role. I aim to continue playing football for another year or two. My passion truly lies in coaching as a player-manager. I’m seeking the right direction, the suitable setup, and the appropriate ambition.”
The UEFA B Licence is a crucial step for coaches, helping them comprehend the game’s demands and fulfill players’ needs while gaining a comprehensive understanding of their diverse roles and responsibilities within the team. This course has replaced The FA Level 3 in Coaching Football.
In January, Caulker joined EFL Championship side Wigan Athletic on a contract lasting until the season’s end. BT/14/12/2023