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May 19, 2013

Ancelotti tips Beckham for management

Carlo Ancelotti has tipped David Beckham to make the unlikely transition into football management.

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Beckham, 38, announced his retirement from football on Thursday with Saturday's night's 3-1 win against Brest set to be his last game, although the former Manchester United, Real Madrid and LA Galaxy player is yet to confirm what his next move will be.

"Today he finished as an old player, tomorrow he will be perhaps a young manager," the Paris Saint-Germain coach told reporters. "I'm proud of having coached a great player and professional who gave a beautiful image to the game of football. I respect him."

Beckham started the game and was named captain of the Ligue 1 champions, a move Ancelotti made in tribute to the veteran. And his 82nd minute substitution was greeted with a deafening ovation and warm embraces with numerous team-mates.

"It was the right thing to do to choose Beckham as captain for his last match," Ancelotti added. "All the players backed the decision. Beckham will have a lovely memory of this night."

In an interview with Sky Sports News, Beckham said he would always be thankful for the gesture and labelled it as the "perfect" end.

"[It] was a nice way to go out - in front of my own fans, in front of a capacity crowd that were excited because we've won the league. The celebrations have been incredible, so it's a nice way to walk off the pitch," he said.

"To go out like I did tonight couldn't have been any more perfect. The manager called me in and said 'we've spoken to the players, it's the players' idea - we want to make you captain'.

"It's really special for an Englishman to be captain of PSG - especially on a night that meant so much to the club and the players. It was an amazing gesture and one I'll always be thankful for."

Bekcham's former England manager Kevin Keegan disagrees with Ancelotti's assertion that he could go into management, claiming an ambassadorial role might be better suited.

"I don't think he really sees that (managing) as being where he wants to go, but you never know," Keegan told Radio Five Live's Sportsweek.

"When you're like David Beckham, he may get an offer at some time that just presses the right buttons. One thing is he'll certainly be able to stand in front of players and they'll listen to him and respect him for what he's done.

"I don't think he wants to do coaching, but if you're talking about being around like Bobby Charlton at Manchester United I suppose, yes, definitely there's a role there."

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