Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand wants to manage England’s national team


AFP PHOTO/LINDSEY PARNABY

Rio Ferdinand isn’t playing for England’s national team any more, but he has plans to extend his international career.

The 35-year-old Queens Park Rangers defender, who spent most of his career playing for Manchester United, told the Daily Mail about his long-term coaching ambitions.

“Everyone has dreams of playing for England and my dream after football is to manage England.”

Ferdinand played in 81 in matches for England’s national team but wasn’t part of this year’s World Cup squad that was knocked out in the group stages. The team’s World Cup performance frustrated Ferdinand.

“I watched the games at the World Cup and I didn’t see any likeness to Germany at all. We see sparks from Sturridge, sparks from Welbeck and from Rooney, but we play as individuals. They will not be able to fulfil their potential unless there is a structure and philosophy to aspire.”

He acknowledged that becoming a manager is a lengthy process, beginning with earning English Football Association certification through badges.

“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.”

Ferdinand also cited successful young managers as examples that he believes are replicable.

“Low, Klinsmann were young geezers when they started out with Germany. Look at Van Basten, Mourinho, Guardiola and Luis Enrique — they are not old fellas but they were given a chance. It is different in this country. We are 10 years behind in certain situations. We have to do what’s best for English football.”

Stuart Pierce is the last former national team player to serve as manager; however, it was only for three months in 2012 as a caretake manager.

Thomas Johnson is a reporter.
Continue reading
Comments
Show Comments
Next Story
Marissa Payne · August 22, 2014