Ex-Leeds star provides update on future following Liverpool speculation
By Harvey Byrne
Retired footballer Jonathan Woodgate has revealed that he is weighing up his options in regards to his future.
The Daily Star claimed on Thursday that the former Leeds, Tottenham and Newcastle defender, 36, had joined the Liverpool scouting team after being released by Middlesborough in May.
However, the eight-time capped England international has refused to confirm that he is set to join the Anfield club, stating that it was important to look at every avenue possible.
“I can’t really say anything about that at the minute, (talking about Liverpool job) it’s a bit up in the air,” said Woodgate talking to the Goals on Sunday programme, as quoted on the Sky Sports Transfer Centre Blog (12:48pm).
“I’m looking at options and where I’m going to go from here, I want to make my next step and make sure it’s the right step to take.
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“It’s important to look at every avenue possible, and whichever avenue I will go down it will be the most important one to take.”
Asked whether he would like to be a manager one day, Woodgate revealed that it is one path he would like to take in the future, but he doesn’t feel ready now.
“One day, but I’ve got a lot of learning to do, I’ve got a lot of coaching to do, I’ve got a lot of scouting to do and watching different players,” the ex-Leeds star told Goals on Sunday.
“I want to be prepared when I go into management, there’s nothing worse if you aren’t prepared, you need to go in and be ready for it.”
Ex-England man Woodgate signed for Real Madrid from Newcastle in 2004 for £13.4million, but failed to make a single appearance in his first season at the club due to injuries.
His delayed debut for the club against Athletico Bilbao turned things from bad to worse, when he scored an own goal before being sent off for a second bookable offence.
Woodgate was a popular figure during his time at Elland Road, but left the club in January 2003 as the Yorkshire giants attempted to raise funds to end financial difficulties.
He made 124 appearances for Leeds before heading to Newcastle where he continued to shine in his 35 games before his landmark move to Spain.
After that difficult period he returned to England to play for Middlesborough, Tottenham and Stoke before heading back to boyhood club Boro ahead of his retirement.
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