Edwin Van der Sar To Turn Down Manchester United Coaching Role

Posted by admin on Monday, 24 January 2011

Dutch goalkeeper wants to spend time with his family when he retires.
Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin Van der Sar will turn down an offer to become goalkeeping coach at Old Trafford.

The 40-year-old looks set to hang up his gloves at the end of the season but United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has offered the former Dutch international the role of goalkeeping coach.

However, Van der Sar is looking to take a break from the game after retirement.

"I will hopefully not start coaching too quickly,” he told The Sun.

"I will try to have 18 months or two years for myself - and I've a family to do nice things with, too.

"I think about 80 per cent of players who played in football are saying that."

Van der Sar joined the Red Devils from Fulham for £2 million in 2001, but admits he wished the move came sooner.

"One of the biggest regrets from both sides - United's and mine - is that we didn't come together earlier," he said.

The Dutch shot stopper kept goal at the weekend as United continued their unbeaten Premier League run with a 5-0 victory over Birmingham City at Old Trafford.