Jan Vertonghen, the ex-Tottenham star and Belgium international, won’t immediately pursue coaching after his illustrious playing career concludes.
At 36 years old, Jan Vertonghen is relishing the challenge of revitalizing Belgian giants Anderlecht following a disappointing campaign last year. Now, he is actively focusing on investment opportunities off the pitch.
Even though he has been coached by notable figures such as Roberto Martinez and Mauricio Pochettino, Vertonghen does not feel drawn to returning to the field once he concludes his playing career in football.
Vertonghen is looking for off-pitch investment before coaching
Vertonghen said: “I have my A licence, I did it just to understand how coaches think and what kind of work they need to put in.
“So, when I’m sitting on this side of the room in a meeting, I understand where it comes from. It’s important for me to understand people, how they think, what work they have to put in, how the data works, and the physical load.
“That’s why I did it, to understand that side and for me, it’s not an option – definitely not for the first couple of years – mainly because I am looking for the right balance in my life.
“I feel that the husband I want to be, the father that I want to be and the coach that I want to be, I can’t see it will work because I see the work they put in.
Thus, he said: “They arrive at seven, they go home after seven and I want to see my kids, as I said, my son has started playing football. I want to go to his training session and I want to go to his games and I want to take my daughter to dance class. I want to pick my other son up from school.
Furthermore, the ex-Tottenham player added: “And that life doesn’t exist being a coach or being an assistant coach or a physical coach. And if you take a job like this, you can’t disrespect the job. You have to put the hours in, and I can’t do that at the moment.”