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Rio Ferdinand eyes managerial role

August 4, 2013
By Richard Jolly

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand is considering a career in management when his playing days are over.

Rio Ferdinand
PA PhotosRio Ferdinand joined Manchester United in 2002.

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Ferdinand, who turns 35 later this year, is to return to the coaching courses he started in 2010 but had to abandon due to his back injuries.

And while the former England captain has not yet decided whether he would prefer to manage a club or a junior side, he is determined to ensure he has the relevant qualifications.

“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,” Ferdinand told The People.

“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.”

Ferdinand signed a one-year contract extension in May to keep him at Old Trafford for a 12th season, and the centre-back, who joined the club from Leeds in 2002, has his testimonial against Sevilla on Friday.

The former West Ham man is eager to carry on playing but said he now has an eye on the future.

“I will start again this year and then hopefully by the time I retire I will have my coaching badges behind me,” he said.

“Whether it be with our younger teams, the Under-21s or someone else, I have no idea yet.”

United manager David Moyes appointed Ryan Giggs as player-coach and brought in former Red Devil Phil Neville as coach earlier this summer.

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