With his playing career reaching it’s end, Manchester United’s Rio Ferdinand has revealed that he plans to follow team mates like Nicky Butt, Phil Neville and Ryan Giggs coaching.
The center back, 34, signed a new one year deal with United this summer and whilst there is still the prospect of him continuing after this deal expires, Rio may decide to call it a day.
But Ferdinand has already begun planning for a future for when he does decide to hang up his boots. Having begun his coaching badges, Ferdinand plans on completing the course in an attempt to give back to the game as he said at the launch of his new book, Rio: My Decade As A Red:
“I want to give myself the option to be a manager. That way if someone does offer me a job, I have the ability to do it.
“I still don’t know if I want to do it or if I would be good.
“But I do think there is something to give back to football from me.
“I started my coaching badges three years ago but I had issues with my back so could not continue it.
“I will start again this year and then hopefully by the time I retire I will have my coaching badges behind me.
“Whether it be with our younger teams, the under-21s or someone else, I have no idea yet.”
Rio Ferdinand’s new book Rio: My Decade As A Red is out on August 9.