Sky 'Upset' by Rangers player after big Ibrox development
Sky Sports were “upset” when Jermain Defoe signed a new Rangers deal earlier this year, he has revealed.
The broadcaster wanted the England striker legend to become a punditry regular after making a strong impression during his initial work with them.
But Defoe, 38, extended his remarkable playing career in January when he signed a pre-contract agreement with Rangers that committed him to a new one-year deal in July when his initial 18-month loan from Bournemouth expired.
He recently scored his 300th club goal and spearheaded the Rangers attack last weekend in their 4-0 Scottish League Cup win over Falkirk.
Defoe scored the game’s opening goal after six minutes and has three goals and two assists from six matches in a season in which he has had to bide his time for opportunities.
Asked about his future after football by Reece Mennie on Mennie Talks and whether he may move into punditry or coaching, Defoe said: “I’d love to do both. I’ve done some of the punditry work and I have a good relationship with Sky.
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“With the punditry stuff they were actually upset that I signed a new contract at Rangers, but I’d like to do pundit work.
“When you’re a pundit and talking about the game, you’re talking to the viewers. If I’m talking about a goal, I need to break it down, why he did this, why he did that, as that’s what people like seeing.
“Even if I’m with family at home and we’re talking about a match, I’ll see things that people don’t see and talking about it can help people watching at home.
“I would rather be a manager to be honest, of course do a bit of coaching especially forward coaching, but I would like to be a manager.
“Especially for the managers that I have played under looking at how they like to do things, how they are. I think a big part of being a manager is how you deal with people, knowing how to speak to the players and just understanding what people need. I would like to be a manager of course.”