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Ex-Middlesbrough and Sunderland midfielder considering management

Former Middlesbrough, Wigan Athletic and Sunderland midfielder Lee Cattermole is interested in management when he retires.

The 31-year-old now plays in the Dutch Eredivisie for VVV-Venlo.

Cattermole left Sunderland over the summer after ten years at the Stadium of Light. He made over 250 appearances for the Black Cats.

He has spoken about his plans for the future and says he would consider being a manager, as per a report by the Sunderland Echo: “It’s something I’m interested in, but it’s a difficult job. That [a return to England] is obviously going to be the goal. That’s going to be the target, to hopefully to do that.”

“At what level, I’m not sure, but I’m definitely going to do my coaching badges and I’m already studying the game. I have been for a number of years. I’m looking at what the coaches say here. Any sessions I like, I write them down and that’s why I’m here really – to learn.”

Cattermole also commented on Jack Ross’ departure from Sunderland: “I’m really disappointed for Jack Ross, because he has done a fantastic job there. But Sunderland’s goal is to go and get promoted this year, and hopefully they can do that.”

Former Sunderland manager Jack Ross. Photo by Kevin Murray.

The tough-tackling midfielder could be a new to watch out for in the future with a return to England as a coach on the cards in the future.

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