Ferdinand wants to take up England football coach’s job
London, July 16 (IANS) Former England and Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has admitted that he would relish the chance to become the head coach of the country’s national football team following the departure of Roy Hodgson.
English football club Sunderland head coach Sam Allardyce is the current bookmakers’ favourite for the Three Lions’ job, with reports claiming US coach Jurgen Klinsmann has also been interviewed.
But Ferdinand, who won 81 caps with the national team, has now offered a diagnosis of England’s disastrous showing at the European Championship, and has also expressed an interest in entering management.
The former Man United defender believes a lack of team structure is behind the Three Lions’ shortcomings and has admitted he would relish the chance to take charge.
“When a player then is not performing too well as an individual, he can fall back on that platform of structure, the team, the unity. That’s why I should be a manager. All day,” Ferdinand was quoted as saying by Copa90.com on Friday when asked if he would take up the England coach’s job.
England bowed out of Euro 2016 after suffering a humiliating 2-1 defeat to Iceland in the Round of 16 clash.
“When you don’t know your starting XI when you get to the tournament, and you don’t know your best formation, there’s a problem. When you perform in a team, individuals can only perform to their greatest ability when the platform at the bottom is set, the foundations are set… the structure, the understanding of what you want your team to do,” the 37-year-old added.