James Perch would love to give football management a go when his playing career comes to an end.
The QPR full back has been taking his coaching badges and is preparing to embark on his A licence when he has the time.
But he knows management will not be as easy as games like Football Manager can make it appear.
Perch said: “I'd like to give it a go. I've already started my badges. Whether I'll step into it is another matter.
“I've spoken to the gaffer and it's not as easy as Football Manager. You have to be ready to put up with a lot of stuff.
“I've done my B licence and I'm looking to do my A as soon as possible.
“I did with a few Newcastle boys two years ago. I did it with Andy Impey. There are few ex pros on there.”
There is a shortage of qualified coaches in this country, especially in contrast to Spain, Italy and Germany.
Statistics from European football's governing body UEFA in 2013 show England have just 1,161 elite coaches compared to Spain's 12,700 and 5,500 from Germany.
Perch believes some former pros are more than happy to take the money to be a pundit but also feels the cost may be prohibitive for others to get onto the ladder.
He added: “I'd put it down to laziness. There are a lot of ex players in the English game and pundits who talk about the game and you think go and do your coaching badges.
“If you know that much and think it's easy to talk about the game. Gary Neville – he knows a lot about the game, went and dipped his foot in and found it hard at Valencia.
"I think it's laziness (as to why more former players don't do it). Offer people the chance to talk about the game and pay them well, why are they going to go into coaching.
“You're putting yourself out there being a coach and it's a tough man to go and do it.
“Maybe there could be some coaches out there who can't fund it themselves and maybe that needs to be looked at.”