Dwight Yorke ready for coaching – as he predicts testing times for new Man Utd manager Erik ten Hag

Advertisements

Scoring goals for Manchester United made him a global superstar – and now Dwight Yorke is ready to dip his toe into coaching.

The former prolific striker, who was a crucial figure when the Red Devils won their historic treble in the 1998/99 season, has turned his attention to barking instructions from the sideline.

And in typical Yorke style, his first assignment is daunting to say the least – FC Barcelona.

Now 50, the man equally famous for his exploits off the pitch, will coach the A-League All Stars when they face the Catalan giants in a friendly at Sydney’s Accor Stadium on Wednesday night.

Speaking exclusively to Daily Mail Australia, Yorke revealed he is looking forward to the challenge rather than feeling intimidated.

‘I do not do small things,’ he said with his trademark wry smile. ‘It is a wonderful opportunity and one I am very grateful for.

Former Red Devils superstar Dwight Yorke will coach the A-League All Stars against Barcelona

Former Red Devils superstar Dwight Yorke will coach the A-League All Stars against Barcelona

Yorke, 50, will then take over from Ante Milicic as head coach of the Macarthur Bulls in the A-League next season (pictured, with the European Cup in 1999)

Yorke, 50, will then take over from Ante Milicic as head coach of the Macarthur Bulls in the A-League next season (pictured, with the European Cup in 1999)

Yorke was prolific in the final third for Manchester United, scoring 48 goals in 96 appearances

Yorke was prolific in the final third for Manchester United, scoring 48 goals in 96 appearances

‘What a fantastic opportunity for our guys, to line up against one of the world’s best teams.’

And despite a very short preparation, the Sydney FC marquee for the inaugural season in the A-League back in 2005 expects its hastily assembled home grown players to be competitive.

‘They are all professional footballers, and playing in front of a big crowd, they will be ready to go,’ he said.

‘Sure the circumstances are a little unusual, but it gives the lads a chance to show their fighting spirit.’

Yorke will then take over from Ante Milicic as head coach of the Macarthur Bulls in the A-League next season – and he is already buzzing about the next chapter of his life.

In what will be his first senior coaching gig, the Trinidad and Tobago football icon wants to repay the faith the club has shown in him.

‘Macarthur feel I can give them a platform to improve,’ he said.

‘It will be a challenge, but certainty do-able. We are not one of the top 4 teams in the country at the moment, and that is where I want the club to be.

Advertisements
Dwight Yorke will coach the A-League All Stars featuring Jason Davidson (left) and Jack Rodwell

Dwight Yorke will coach the A-League All Stars featuring Jason Davidson (left) and Jack Rodwell

Former Manchester United striker Dwight Yorke has been named as the manager of Australian side Macarthur FC for next season

Former Manchester United striker Dwight Yorke has been named as the manager of Australian side Macarthur FC for next season

The 50-year-old spent a year in Australia as a player, when he signed for Sydney FC in 2005

The 50-year-old spent a year in Australia as a player, when he signed for Sydney FC in 2005

‘Working closely with the players each day will be great, but I need to remind myself I can not score that killer goal or deliver a pass that can change a game from the sideline.

‘What I can do is create a style of play the lads buy into … if I am successful at Macarthur, who knows what the future will bring? But starting well will be crucial. ‘

After playing finals in their inaugural A-League campaign in 2020-21, the Bulls missed out on the play-offs this year after they finished seventh.

Their current squad includes former EPL players Jordon Mutch and Craig Noone.

In terms of his beloved Manchester United, who finished sixth this season in the Premier League, Yorke believes incoming coach Erik ten Hag must perform ‘major surgery’ to get them back to the top.

The former Manchester United star says Erik ten Hag needs to do 'major surgery' on his squad

The former Manchester United star says Erik ten Hag needs to do ‘major surgery’ on his squad

United finished sixth this year and Yorke says the team is 'nowhere near' where it needs to be

United finished sixth this year and Yorke says the team is ‘nowhere near’ where it needs to be

Yorke, who won three Premier League titles, the Champions League and the FA Cup with United, spent the last fortnight around Old Trafford and saw for himself what needs to change.

‘We (Man Utd) are nowhere near where we are supposed to be, especially with the players that we have in the squad at the moment,’ he said.

‘I spent the last two weeks there and had some more insight into looking where the club is and why we are in that position.

‘He (Ten Hag) has got some major surgery to repair there, there’s work that needs to be done.’

United finished a whopping 35 points behind champions Manchester City, who pipped Liverpool to the title by a point, with the Red Devils registering their lowest-ever points tally in a campaign to forget.

.

Advertisements

Be the first to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.


*