Former Sheffield United academy coach, Ron Reid, believes it is inevitable that Billy Sharp will go into coaching at some point.
Sharp, now 35, is still going strong with the Blades and has five goals to his name this season, including a few important winning goals in recent weeks for his boyhood club.
And Reid, who worked with Sharp as a youngster and predicted big things for him at the time, is adamant that the United skipper will go straight into the coaching game once he hangs his boots up, or even before.
Speaking in an exclusive interview to The Athletic’s Richard Sutcliffe, Reid said:
“Even if Billy doesn’t get on the field as often as he would like next season, he will still have a big role to play. He is a massive influence in the dressing room.
“In time, I can also see him working with the strikers, moving into that aspect of his game. He has worked under enough people to pick out the good bits from everyone.
“I am certain Billy will make a very good coach — particularly when it comes to forward players.”
Sharp, like Phil Jagielka, is highly valued by manager Chris Wilder at the club. And it is partly for those off-field reasons Reid mentions.
Both players have been model pros this season. Indeed, that was something Michael Brown picked up recently, as the former Blades midfielder commented on the experienced duo.
Billy Sharp the Sheffield United coach? Don’t bet against it
Whilever Chris Wilder remains in charge of this football club, you get the impression Billy Sharp will be around in one way or another.
Of course, it will be Sharp’s decision as and when he hangs up his boots, but don’t expect Wilder to be letting him go anytime soon, especially if we do indeed drop back into the Championship.
Sharp is both a cult-hero and legend at Bramall Lane. It’s taken three spells, but he’s firmly in United folklore now thanks to his goals, work ethic, and achievements with the Blades.
It would be no surprise, then, as Reid says, to see Sharp earn his stripes as a coach while working under Wilder and Knill.