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Benni On His Managerial Aspirations

Former Bafana Bafana striker Benni McCarthy recently spoke about his dreams of being a first team boss, and what intrigues him about modern-day management.

The ex-FC Porto striker played under some big bosses during his time as a professional footballer, but none were bigger than Jose Mourinho, with whom he won the UEFA Champions League title in 2004.

McCarthy, who has been working hard on his UEFA badges, recently admitted he can't wait to feel the pressure of being a manager, and also said he is excited to use statistics and data to help develop players.  

"The stuff that I picked up from making the transition from player into coach, it feels like I have just become wiser overnight coming on to the course here in Belfast," he told Irish radio station Cool FM.

"It has been a lot to take in, to be honest, but it's been very valuable for my ambitions to be a manager.

"I want to lead, I want to be the one that's responsible for players and clubs. I want to be the one that wears the bulletproof vest, the one that has to face the music. That sounds strange I guess, but that is management and that's where I want to be.

"There have been so many things to take on board, like the mental health of players, and even advances in sport science. That is probably not our strength, so when we have been taught about these things on the course, it makes you sit up and take notice, you really want to pay attention.

"To be able to know your stats and data, and give your players clear information on what needs to be done to better their performances, that is what I find fascinating."

Which team would you like to see McCarthy manage first? 

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