Manchester United fans are so desperate for a new manager, it seems, that they would even settle for the inexperienced Rio Ferdinand taking over from Louis van Gaal this summer.
Ferdinand posted a photo of himself looking out onto the Old Trafford pitch on Twitter this morning, alongside the statement: “New Chapter.. Contract signed.. Looking forward to going into management in June. Big summer ahead!”.
And some United fans - unaware of the date, we can only imagine - were actually pretty excited by the prospect of the former defender taking over the Red Devils. (Scroll down this page to see the best tweets).
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Rio’s tweet was, of course, an April Fool’s joke - and it certainly fooled a number of his Twitter followers.
The BT Sport pundit is not about to enter management anytime soon - although he must be getting closer to completing those coaching badges.
Fans react to Rio's tweet
Ferdinand has ambitions to manage England
Ferdinand revealed in August 2014, towards the end of his playing career, that his ambition was to manage England.
“Everyone has dreams of playing for England and my dream after football is to manage England,” the former centre-back told the Daily Mail.
“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.”
He continued: “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.”
During the same interview, Ferdinand admitted he admires young coach and feels they have a better connection with the players than some of the older managers.
“Low, Klinsmann were young geezers when they started out with Germany,” Ferdinand added. “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.”
Ferdinand is excelling as a pundit
Instead of coaching, Ferdinand has entered the world of punditry since retiring in the summer of 2015 and is arguably one of the best in the business at this moment in time.
The 37-year-old is engaging, forthright with his opinions and explains himself in a clear, concise and eloquent manner.
If Ferdinand is to enter the world of management in the next few years, it would be television’s loss.
Man Utd fans: would you take Rio Ferdinand as manager instead of Louis van Gaal? Have your say by leaving a comment below.