'I want to be a professional coach' - Shillong Lajong's Renedy Singh

The 35-year old is considering retiring from the game soon and is pondering over the possibility of becoming coach of a football team...

When players approach the twilight of their careers, it is natural for them to start entertaining thoughts about being a coach of a team to continue their association with the game. Shillong Lajong’s Renedy Singh is no different. The 35-year old who has been a loyal servant to India football for over a decade revealed that he would like to see himself managing a football club after he hangs up his boots.

“I think I am in good shape and I can contribute to the team’s cause.  I am fit to continue for another season. Probably early next year, I will take a decision on the retirement issue. But I think that the next year will be my last,” Renedy said to The Telegraph after the game at Kolkata between Prayag United and Shillong Lajong.

“I am planning to do a course on coaching. I want to earn an A-license coaching degree and want to be a professional coach.  In that way, I want to keep contributing to Indian football,” added the former Mohun Bagan man.

Speaking on his team’s chances of avoiding the drop into the second tier, the midfielder seemed optimistic of his side’s chances.

“It is true that our fate depends on the results of the other matches. But I am really hopeful of saving relegation. This is a young side and the guys really work hard. The coach Thangboi Singto is doing a good job. I also pitch in at times and try and guide the players with my knowledge,” the former India international said.

Like many others, Renedy was disappointed that the Indian national team could not make it to the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Challenge Cup in the Maldives in 2014.

“It is really sad that we failed to qualify. But then, the team is going through a transitional phase. There are new guys at the helm, new players in the side. So you need to give them time to settle down,” signed off Singh.

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