Rio Ferdinand has discussed a potential future in management, but says that he is “not ready” just yet.
The 37-year-old, who retired last May, is currently working as a pundit for BT Sport and working with his Rio Ferdinand Foundation charity.
After seeing his old Manchester United team-mate Gary Neville transfer from his TV work back into coaching, he might have been expected to follow suit, but the former QPR man is happy with his current arrangement.
“I’ve had some calls, not for first-team jobs,” he told the Evening Standard. “I’ve had quite a few calls from different areas in football.
“There was nothing that I was ready for now. I’m committed to BT and my charity work.”
Ferdinand did though praise the work of Neville and suggested that there could be more former players who follow his journey from TV punditry to management.
“Gary’s done it the right way, remaining involved with coaching here and there and doing the punditry, keeping your eyes open in European and English football,” Ferdinand added.
“It’s a great way to stay involved and learn, without being under the microscope or pressure [of management]. If you come across like you’re quite educated, and you’ve got an idea about the game there’s going to be chairman that watch BT and think ‘he seems to have an understanding of it, like he could take my club on’.
“I’d like to think this could be a platform for me if and when I choose to get involved.”