Fleetwood Town gave Joey Barton his first foray into management back in the summer of 2018, and now two-and-a-half-years later they could possibly do the same to Tim Cahill.
The Aussie has emerged as the favourite for the newly opened League One post following Monday’s departure of Barton, who has swiftly been installed as the frontrunner for the Sheffield Wednesday vacancy.
Cahill, a Socceroos and Everton legend, is now a UEFA A Licence qualified coach who has spent time learning the ropes at Everton's academy under coach Phil Jevons (U16s) and Qatar's junior national teams (U16s & U19s).
Since retiring he’s also taken a course in ‘The Business of Entertainment, Media and Sports’ at Harvard Business School, and works as an ambassador for the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy; the organisation responsible for the planning and execution of the upcoming 2022 FIFA World Cup.
When asked on Sky Sports last year about a potential future in management, Cahill said:
“For me, yes, it's definitely something in the future [I'd like to do].
“Not in the near future. I've just spent six months at Everton's academy working alongside Phil Jevons (the U16s coach). It's been amazing as an assistant manager to learn about the growth and maturation of players.
“It's helped me build up what's important for me when looking at footballers. It's much easier for me to deal with first-team players as that's what I've been used to all my life. I've always been a leader and I've always had a strong voice within the changing room.
“I've taken the option now to work with the Everton academy and also in Qatar with the national team, their U16s and U19s in tournaments. I've been lucky enough to rub shoulders with Jose Mourinho and Mauricio Pochettino and other top former players like Xavi.
“I'm taking a road where I'm wanting to learn about the youth set-up, the academies, and working my way up. Over time, I'm looking forward to it. I'm putting the hours in and respecting the process.”
Tim Cahill is the odds-on favourite for the Fleetwood Town job
Towards the end of 2020 Cahill featured as a pundit on Sky Sports Football where he reiterated his desire to become a manager, and now an opportunity to make his dugout debut could be on the cards.
Being a quality player doesn't necessarily mean you'll excel in management, yet Cahill certainly has the confidence, contacts and charisma to make his mark, and an appointment would undoubtedly make for compelling viewing.
Cahill is currently the odds-on favourite for the Fleetwood vacancy, ahead of Carlisle boss Chris Beech, former Lincoln manager Danny Cowley, and Fleetwood’s interim boss Simon Wiles.
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