US Legend Brad Friedel admits football is a drug he just can’t walk away from.
Having hung up his gloves and his managers jacket he thought he was done with the professional game.
But he has told MLSSoccer.com it’s book he can’t j close just yet.
He told journalist Charles Boehm on a career that has seen him
He said: “I can’t tell you if I’ll ever go back into coaching or not; I mean, that just depends. But yes, I will agree with you that football is a drug. There’s no doubt about that.”
“I found the playing much, much easier than coaching with regards to, the adrenaline gets going kind of in a similar manner.
“But then you’re helpless most of the time. You can make tactical changes and you can make substitutions, but as an ex-player you can’t change what’s going on out on the field. You can’t.
“When you get to a certain time in the game, no matter how theatrical the coach is on the sidelines or whatever, you are in the hands of others. And it’s an interesting, interesting feeling.”
Friedel is using his experience and expertise to from the US arm of PromoeSports, one of the largest football agencies in the world.
The agency, founded by Jose Rodriguez Baster represents star names like Manchester United’s Eric Bailly and Wolves Adama Traore.
He has also reunited with former Blackburn Rovers teammate John Curtis at the hugely successful National Centre of Excellence, an elite supplementary coaching program for the very best young talent in the US.
The National Centre for Excellence, or NCE Soccer as it is known, currently has coaching programs in New York State, New England, Mid and West Atlantic and has ambitious growth plans.
Friedel believes programs like NCE Soccer will ensure the best talent gets spotted – and isn’t missed by the system.
He added; “Every player is not going to be able to be seen. So a lot of the kids that will get into NCE are going to be excellent players and some of them may just be outside of the system right now.”
Friedel is due to join the NCE Soccer coaching team at a series of goalkeeping camps this summer as part of the States are allowed to resume activities after lockdown.
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