Huddersfield Town boss Danny Cowley has hinted at a possible bright future for both Tommy Elphick and Christopher Schindler when they hang up their playing boots.
The 41-year-old believes that both defenders could walk into practically any backroom job once they retire from the playing side of the game.
29-year-old Schindler has captained Town in every single one of the Terriers 31 league games so far this season, scoring two goals for the Terriers.
Tommy Elphick hasn’t been as lucky as his teammate, with the 32-year-old out for the rest of the season after suffering a medial and cruciate ligament injury against Preston North End back in November.
Despite Elphick only turning out 14 times for Town, Cowley believes he and Schindler still have plenty to offer on the pitch.
Speaking to the Huddersfield Examiner on Tuesday, Cowley said: “Tommy has already done his Uefa B badge, he’s one of these boys – Christopher Schindler as well – that could almost be a coach, a manager, a director of football, they could do any of those roles.
“He’s has had a wealth of experience and a really broad skill set,” the former Lincoln boss added. “Tommy is just making the decision and hopefully first and foremost he’s going to play again, but certainly he’s an intelligent boy and will try to use this time to decide what happens beyond football.”
In recent weeks Town have managed to pull themselves six points clear of the Championship relegation zone, claiming seven points from the last possible 12.
Cowley’s side host Cardiff City on Wednesday night, knowing a win could potentially move them nine points clear of the bottom three.
As ever, Schindler is expected to start and captain the side, being likely paired with Richard Stearman for the fifth time this season.
Both players have certainly shown their leadership qualities over the last few seasons so it is no surprise to hear Cowley tip them for successful non-playing roles when that time comes.
Schindler has been a key figure in Town’s dressing room since arriving in West Yorkshire in 2016 and certainly possesses the attributes to be a coach or even a manager in the future.
Elphick has been desperately unlucky with his injury at Town and having captained Brighton, Bournemouth, and Villa he would of no doubt played a big role in Town’s season.
Cowley revealed Elphick already holds his UEFA B license which suggests the 32-year-old is planning on a coaching career after he hangs up his boots.
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