Yorke sees greater role in development from retired players

Former Trinidad and Tobago captain Dwight Yorke sees the role of retired players having an integral role in the development of clubs that are of a smaller scale than some of the big clubs in world football.

Yorke, an ambassador for Manchester United, was speaking in Dubai recently at an event for Guardian Wealth Management, where he said there is more scope for ex-stars to get involved in the financial side of the game and he highlighted some of his old team-mates at Old Trafford who are now the owners of non-league team Salford City, as a prime example.
“You look at the Manchester United Class of 92 with the likes of Gary Neville, Phil Neville, Nicky Butt and Paul Scholes buying Salford City and it’s fantastic to see,” Yorke said.

“They aren’t doing it for the money but for the love of football. A lot of people say they put something back into the game when they retire but those lads are actually doing it.
“With so much money around now the players who are finishing their careers never need to work again so I think it would be brilliant to have more of them doing the same.”

The ex-Manchester United striker joined beIN SPORTS presenters Richard Keys and Andy Gray on the forum.
“They can invest in a small team or even help start one. That would keep football going at that level for many, many years to come. It’s important we remember the game is not just about the Premier League and that we have to keep hundreds of teams going in England.”
Last month, Yorke was on the Rest of the World team for a David Beckham UNICEF Charity match against a Great Britain all-star side. Yorke teamed up with the likes of Ronaldinho. Patrick Kluivert, Luis Figo and Landon Donovon and scored his side’s loan goal in the 3-1 defeat.