Paul Robinson has tipped Leighton Baines to go into management when he retires after the Everton defender was offered a new one-year deal on Merseyside.
The former Spurs and Leeds United goalkeeper, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, suggested the club would offer the 35-year-old a coaching opportunity given his long service.
The BBC revealed last week that the former England international has been offered a on-year contract extension at Goodison Park – his current deal expires on 30 June.
Baines has been with the Toffees for 13 years and has made 417 appearances for the club since joining from Wigan Athletic.
However, he has been limited to just six appearances this term with Lucas Digne preferred by Carlo Ancelotti.
When asked by Football Insider if new deal was expected given the defender’s service to the club, Robinson said: “I am not surprised at all.
“He is 35 but he has looked after himself and played at a top level for a long time. A great player.
“He has been loyal to Everton for 13 years and that is a rarity.
“Baines is the type of player that you see making a natural transition from playing to coaching. A potential manager in the future.
“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.”
In March, Ancelotti spoke on Baines’ future at the club, he said: “It’s important to have him the next season.
“He shows a fantastic attitude in training and games, he’s really important for us. He’s still a good player, but also he has the experience and personality for the squad.”