Going back to the United Kingdom, getting in touch with their former Chelsea FC teammates will be among the things that the Younghusband brothers, Phil and James, will do when the lockdown imposed to control the spread of the coronavirus pandemic is over.
Learning new coaching systems, and getting a career started as coaches are expected to keep the two former members of the Philippine Azkals busy.
“So I wanna get back to the UK. Get to coaching there. Speak to our contacts at Chelsea if I can gain some experience there. Gain some knowledge there and also look to go to the US as well,” said the elder James, who retired two weeks ago as a player.
The 33-year-old Younghusband talked about his plans in a podcast early this week.
He believes the football system used in the Philippines is similar to what is being done in the United States, which is the reason why he has to also look into the US model.
“My goal was always to help develop Philippine football and to go abroad, learn and come and share that to the Philippines,” said Younghusband.
On the other hand, the younger Phil feels that the experience that they will gain in reconnecting with Chelsea FC will give them a chance to help develop world class players.
“James and I have always said a lot of our knowledge and experience were gained at Chelsea football club. We were able to watch the best players in the world every day, the best facilities, being under the best coaches in the world and most of our knowledge and experience has come from that,” said Phil.
He believes that this will add to his knowledge and efforts to become a coach in the Philippines someday.
“I realize, I think with the Philippines, we share similarities with the American system, in terms of schooling and sports. I think it’s a good place to learn how they do things there and can bring back to the Philippines,” said Phil.
The brothers said that their involvement with the Philippine Azkals will not end with their retirement.
“No, I think we still have a lot to offer Philippine football whether that’s next year or the year after. We don’t know but we still have something to offer,” said Phil.
He believes other former members of the Azkals can contribute a lot, too.
“We have to remember there’s Chris Greatwich, there’s Rob Gier, who has huge amount of experience to offer, to offer so much to Philippine football right now. Chris is living in the Philippines. and we were always pushing for Rob to get involved and a few years back,” Phil said.
The Younghusbands are working on their plans on becoming coaches, with Phil sharing James’ plans of becoming a member of the coaching staff of a club team.
And both are willing to pursue their goals when “the new normal” times return.