I’ll Not Follow In The Footsteps Of Claude Makelele – Essien

Black Stars player Michael Essien has ruled out taking up a coaching career when he finally hangs his boots as a footballer.

The AC Milan midfielder in an interview with FIFA.com made it known he will not follow the footsteps of friend and former team-mate Claude Makelele into coaching despite leaving the slightest possibility with “You never know in football” kind of chance.

Michael Essien said:

“I have always said no to coaching as I don’t think it’s for me. Coaching is a whole new ball game and not for the faint-hearted, which rules me out! But you never know and stranger things have happened in football.”

The former Chelsea player also accessed the Black Stars performance at the just ended FIFA World Cup tournament in Brazil.

The AC Milan player said of Ghana’s senior national team:

“I hardly played in Brazil, which was disappointing for me personally and as a whole we didn’t do well based on our performances and experience at past World Cups. 2014 didn’t live up to expectations and overall it was a poor campaign.”

On the future of Essien’s international career, the Black Stars midfielder said:

“At the moment, I haven’t decided what I want to do next in regards to my international career.”

Michael Essien is currently out of football action for Italian club AC Milan with a foot injury.