Harry Redknapp insists it would not be “ridiculous” for West Ham to appoint Rio Ferdinand as their new manager.
Goal understands that Slaven Bilic is on West Ham’s radar after the 46-year-old left Besiktas at the end of the season, while another target, Unai Emery, has ruled himself out of the running after signing a new deal with Sevilla last Friday.
Ferdinand called time on his 19-year playing career at the end of May and Redknapp believes the 36-year-old, who won six Premier League titles and the Champions League with Manchester United, is ready to go straight into management.
“It wouldn’t be that ridiculous for West Ham [to appoint Ferdinand] they’ve got good players and as I say, we’ve seen in the last year or two some young guys given the opportunity to manage and done well,” Redknapp told Kicca.
“Gary Monk is a prime example, with what he’s done at Swansea this year, he was a player and suddenly he comes in and had a fantastic season.
“West Ham’s a great club, so it wouldn’t be impossible for him to have a crack at something like that.”
Redknapp was also impressed by Ferdinand’s tactical knowledge during their time together at QPR last season.
“I’d like to see him as manager of West Ham, I’d go with him as director of football, that would be a good partnership,” he joked.
“But I’d love to see him get the opportunity somewhere, he’s young and enthusiastic. Gary Monk’s done fantastic at Swansea, who have gone out of playing and gone straight into management so there’s no reason why, if given the opportunity somewhere with the right people around him, Rio couldn’t do very well.
“He’s doing his coaching badges and has got a great football brain. I used to talk to him a lot at QPR, he’d be on the bench and I’d ask his opinion ‘what you think Rio?’ and he always had good ideas and read the game well. I’m sure he’ll come back and get himself into coaching.”