Ex-United defender has big managerial ambition.
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Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has stated that he harbours ambitions of being England manager in the future, he told the Daily Mail.
The 35-year-old, who only left Old Trafford for Queens Park Rangers on a free transfer this summer, looks to be heading towards the end of his glittering playing career, and he is looking forward to getting into coaching.
As a player, Ferdinand won 81 caps for the Three Lions, appearing for them in a number of major tournaments and proving to be one of the finest defensive players of his generation.
Although he could not taste success with the England national team, he is vastly experienced in winning the biggest trophies at club level, having helped United to six Premier League titles and the Champions League trophy during his twelve years at the club.
Despite being a big name in English football, Ferdinand insists he does not expect to be handed big jobs without earning them, and he fully plans on doing all his coaching badges before putting himself in contention for top jobs in football, but he hopes that at some point he will be qualified to be a contender to manage his country.
“Everyone has dreams of playing for England and my dream after football is to manage England,” he said.
“I don’t expect the chance now, but once I get the badges I am there. If I don’t get a job in management I will wonder why.
“I will give myself the best opportunity of getting the job by getting all the badges.
“I don’t think people should start shouting the odds about the opportunity to manage clubs until they have their badges. I am not sitting here saying ‘give me a job’ because I don’t have them yet.
“Maybe I’m not their (the FA’s) type, but I don’t know what their type is.”