The end of a player's career must be tough. For some there are the big lights of television punditry, that however, is for the very few. In my opinion it should be even fewer, just take a look at Shearer's latest efforts.
But for a fairly good but not brilliant player the options are somewhat limited. Remember Mustafa Izzet. A Turkish Cypriot who grew up in London. He had a dream of playing for England but realised he was never going to get picked.
He then remembered his Turkish roots and was picked for the Turkish team. Played a couple of not very memourable matches and was never picked again.
He retired recently and the other day gave this interview to Soccer AM, a Sky TV show. Thanks to The Guardian for reproducing the transcript.
"What are you going to do?"
"I don't know. I thought I might do some coaching, but I don't really fancy that."
"Well, you like golf? Will you play more?"
"Yeah, but I'm rubbish"
"Are you bored?"
"Yeah, I'm well bored. Well bored."
Poor bugger, come and write some articles for us if you want Muzzy.