Kieran Trippier already planning for 'scary' future with Newcastle United path unclear


Kieran Trippier admits he is already thinking about the future and what comes next once he hangs up his boots. The Newcastle United defender, 33, is reaching the business end of his career but has grand plans to move into coaching once he calls time on his playing career.

Whether Trippier ends his career at Newcastle remains to be seen after recent speculation surrounding his future. The Magpies' vice-captain was once seen as unsellable but interest from Saudi Arabia and Bayern Munich could bring his time on Tyneside to a premature end.

“It is scary to be honest [thinking about the future], I have spoken to a lot of players. In my head sometimes you have got to accept that it is going to come to an end sooner or later," Trippier told The Overlap, via Sky Bet.

. "I would like to go into coaching, but I feel certainly the past seven, eight years I’ve looked after my body better. I feel good on the pitch and it’s all about being professional. I have got a good few years in me yet, whatever level that is at. I will know when it is the right time.

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“I would love to go into coaching when I finish. I have played for some top managers who I have learned a lot from and players that I have played with. I think that will be an exciting time as well.”

Trippier is certainly coach material after proving his leadership skills both behind the scenes and on the pitch for both Newcastle and England. With his playing days set to end in a matter of years, the north east outfit could do a lot worse than offer the defender guarantees over a potential coaching pathway at St James' Park further down the line.

Trippier says he has already touched base with a number of ex-team-mates and former pros to seek out advice on how he begins a coaching career.

"With players that have helped me in my career since I was young until now, of course it’s going to be tough, but I feel like I can give a lot back. You never know, I could be sat in 10 years’ time and not be a coach, sat next to you [Gary Neville] for example. You never know, it is exciting," he continued.

”I would like to star with a youth team, I would like to build myself up. You see a lot of players who just go straight with a first team and sometimes it doesn’t work out. It is about learning as well, because you are going back to square one. I spoke to a lot of people and just because you were a footballer, it doesn’t mean that you’re going to be a good coach.

“I have spoken with to a lot of players I played with, like Michael Duffy, he was a manager who has done well at Cheltenham. Unfortunately, it did not work out for him at Swansea, but I have got a lot of players who I play with who were in that dugout, even just leaning on them as well.

“It’s about being committed. I have spoken to them, and they say it is tough, working from seven in the morning to seven at night, you’re probably working more than when you were a player. I think I would like to take some time out for a bit with my family as well and then get back into it.”