The 33-year-old is entering the twilight of his career and has started to focus on life after he kicks his last ball, admitting for the first time that a coaching role interests him.
"As the months and years have gone by I think I have come round to the idea of doing some sort of coaching or being a manager," Ferdinand told reporters.
"Man-management is so important these days. I think I would love that side of it" - Rio Ferdinand
"Obviously I love football and all the tactics but I also think I would like the day-to-day responsibility of cajoling players and bringing the best out of them.
"Man-management is so important these days. I think I would love that side of it."
Ferdinand has won 81 England caps in a glittering career, despite being left out of the Euro 2012 squad this summer, and has often been cited as a welcoming member of the national team squad with advice for the younger players, a factor which he believes would stand him in good stead in management.
"I remember what it was like when I first went into the England squad. It’s hard going into any new squad, so I do try and help," he continued.
"It can be frightening. It’s always good to have someone looking out for you when you are new to it.
"So, yeah, I suppose I try to do that and would like to develop those skills."
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