Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has spoken of his desire to move into management once his playing days are over.
Having been left out of Roy Hodgson's squad for the upcoming Euro 2012 campaign, there has been much speculation as to whether Ferdinand would call time on his international playing career.
However, the 33-year-old went on record last month stating that he wouldn't consider retirement. But for the first time, Ferdinand has spoken about what the future holds when he eventually brings his career to a close.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, Ferdinand said: "As the months and years have gone by I think I have come round to the idea of doing some sort of coaching or being a manager.
"Obviously I love football and all the tactics but I also think I would like the day-to-day responsibility of cajoling players and bringing the best out of them."
Ferdinand is yet to obtain the necessary coaching badges required to manage at the top level, as a long-standing injury to his lower back has deprived him of sufficient opportunity.
However, in a recent interview with Sportsmail, Manchester City defender Micah Richards spoke of his appreciation for Ferdinand as he made his debut for the national side.
The 23-year-old versatile defender talked of how welcome Ferdinand made him feel, and this is clearly an element of management that Ferdinand is keen to hone in on.
Ferdinand, capped 81 times to date, wants to develop his man-management skills as he knows all too well about the challenges facing up and coming players.
He added: "Man-management is so important these days. I think I would love that side of it. I remember what it was like when I first went into the England squad. It's hard going into any new squad, so I do try and help.
"It can be frightening. It's always good to have someone looking out for you when you are new to it. So, yeah, I suppose I try to do that and would like to develop those skills."
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