Kieron Dyer revealed that he would like to follow in the footsteps of his former manager Sir Bobby Robson, after starting his coaching career, reports the Metro.
Dyer recently retired from professional football, after his promising career was ruined by a series of career-threatening injuries.
Dyer, who played for Ipswich, Newcastle, West Ham, QPR and most recently Middlesbrough, managed just 300 appearances over 17 years in the professional game.
Sir Bobby Robson unearthed his talent at Ipswich and even brought him to Newcastle, and is an inspiration to Dyer.
Speaking at Sir Bobby's Breakthrough Online Charity Auction, Dyer said: "I’m at Ipswich helping out and watching sessions. I’m just trying to give the kids some pointers.
"I'll do my coaching badges next year and hopefully kick on from there. I think I’ll get more satisfaction from bringing through a generation of players rather than coaching a senior team."
The 34-year-old former midfielder spoke of his desire to follow in his hero's footsteps.
He added: "Sir Bobby’s record speaks for itself and the number of young players, young world class players, that he’s developed is fantastic.
"If I can have even quarter of his career, I’d be very happy. I’ll take little bits from him and other coaches I know and pass it on players to give them every chance for the future."
Dyer was once the hottest young prospect in English football, making 33 appearances for the England senior side before injuries ravaged his career.
He is looking to breakthrough in coaching at a time when questions are being asked of the quality of English coaching, and the game will be grateful that former professionals are looking to make a name for themselves outside of playing the game.
"Working with Ipswich some of the young talent coming through is amazing. The problem is that the age groups don’t have their best players – we promote too early," Dyer continued.
"The Under-21s failed in the summer because they didn’t have their best players. I remember being with the senior England squad when I broke through and the Under-21s were struggling.
"Kevin Keagan ordered me, Steve Gerrard, Rio Ferdinand, Jamie Carragher and Frank Lampard back to the Under-21s and we won a key play off to make a tournament. That’s the difference.
"I don’t know what impact I can have as a coach, but I’m working on my philosophy and hope to make the difference for young players."
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