Ashley Cole

Former Arsenal and Chelsea star Ashley Cole has revealed his ambition to be a manager at the highest level.

Cole, who was one of the finest ever left-backs in the English Premier, has had a good taste of management after coaching with England’s U21’s staff in recent times.

“I’ve lived and breathed football and I don’t think going into coaching or management should scare anyone,” Cole said as quoted by Chelsea’s media.

“It’s important that I take it seriously. You’ve got to have faith and belief in what you are preaching and the philosophy and style in what you want to portray as a group or club, and I don’t feel scared to go into that.

In addition to playing under some of the best managers in the Premier League, Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho, Cole also became a player-coach in his final playing days in America’s Major League Soccer.

“I am raring to go and waiting for my opportunity, making sure I’m ready to go in prepared. I felt it after I went to LA Galaxy (in 2016) and got a deeper role, trying to be that leader in the dressing room but also take sessions, sit in on meetings and seeing the impact I had on the younger players.

“I felt I had to give something back. Coming back to Chelsea was my opportunity to do that. Everybody speaks about having that year off (after retirement) to relax and sit on the beach. I actually got bored after two weeks and missed being on the grass,” he concluded.

Meanwhile, Cole could watch his former side Chelsea under the superb Thomas Tuchel this weekend at Leicester.


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