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Michael Owen pondering move into management

AFP, LONDON

Michael Owen is contemplating a move into management or coaching when he retires from playing soccer at the end of the season.

The 33-year-old Stoke and ex-England striker said on Tuesday he would call time on his playing days come the finish of the current campaign.

Owen plans to continue working as a soccer pundit and will launch his own management company.

However, Owen told the BBC on Saturday: “I have not closed the door on management. I find it hard to say no to people. If someone offers you a good job, I’d think: ‘I would love to do that.’”

Owen’s failure to command a regular place at Stoke this season prompted his decision to retire, with the forward having so far scored one goal in seven appearances for the Potters this term.

It was with Liverpool that a 17-year-old Owen burst on the scene, scoring 158 goals in 297 games for the Merseysiders from 1996 to 2004.

He made the rest of the world sit up and take notice with a superb solo goal for England against Argentina at the 1998 World Cup quarter-finals in France — one of 40 in 89 appearances for his country.

However, his career was blighted by a succession of injuries.

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