Management not for me, says Wigan Athletic old boy

Former Wigan Athletic striker Julius Aghahowa has explained why he decided against a career in management to become a football agent.
Julius AghahowaJulius Aghahowa
Julius Aghahowa

Now 38, Aghahowa - who retired in 2013 after an illustrious career that also saw him play for Shakhtar Donetsk and Kayserispor - has elected not to follow ex-Nigeria colleague Joseph Yobo into the dug-out.

“First of all, I’ll say it’s not compulsory that after your football career you must be a coach,” Aghahowa told AOI.

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"Looking at how some of my senior colleagues were treated during their time as coaches, that’s enough to discourage me from wanting to be a coach.

"Some of them were even owed until they died. May their souls rest in peace.

“Look at what is happening in the league. Is it the players that are hungry that you’ll go and coach?

"Even the coaches demand money from players before they’re given a chance to play, mind you most footballers are from poor homes and the hunger to succeed is very high because of where they are coming from. I am talking from experience.

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“As for the football business, not too long ago I got licensed by the Nigerian Football Federation as an intermediary agent and I work with a lot of other agents to scout young talents across the country.”

Aghahowa scored 14 goals in 32 international appearances, including Nigeria’s only goal at the 2002 World Cup.

However, he failed to find the net during his 18-month spell with Latics after joining in January 2007.