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Tim Cahill begins path to coaching

1:11 pm AEST 31/7/18
Tim Cahill
The Socceroos all-time leading goal scorer is taking his first steps towards becoming a coach

After recently announcing his international retirement, Tim Cahill has set his sights on obtaining a UEFA B Licence and is currently in Wales studying for it.

The licence is the first step to coaching in Europe with the B Licence allowing for holders to be head coaches of men's amateur clubs, youth sides up to the age 16 and assistant coaches for professional clubs. 

While walking away from Socceroos duties after the 2018 World Cup, Cahill is yet to retire from playing at club level but has ruled out a return to the A-League.

"To live in America and play in the A-League is impossible so respectfully I will draw a line in the sand about me coming home," Cahill said. 

"I will go to the UK for my UEFA license, then I will open a door for offers to play football, I've not really entertained anyone yet. 

"Domestic, there could be opportunity, but I have time to decide."

Former Everton teammate Phil Neville has previously backed Cahill's coaching potential and believes he could be the Socceroos manager down the track.

"It would not surprise me if he ended up being Australia's manager in a few years time because he has that much of an effect on their football community," Neville told BBC Sport

Having led his own youth academy for many years, Cahill has developed a decent CV when it comes to spotting and nurturing talent.

The 38-year-old's next steps into coaching would likely see him obtain his A and then Pro Licence - which allows for head coaching in the top-tiers of European football.

2018 has seen a flurry of former players take on managerial roles with Steven Gerrard now in charge of Rangers, Frank Lampard appointed at Derby County and Thierry Henry linked to a move to Aston Villa. 

Incoming Socceroos coach Graham Arnold also played professionally for many years as a striker across Europe, Asia and Australia before making the move into management.