The Tottenham Hotspurs legend Ledley King is aspiring to become a football coach after a legendary playing career. The defender spent 13 years in the London club Tottenham during which he featured under top managers such as Glenn Hoddle, George Graham and Harry Redknapp.
The 36-year old retired without any prior plan following his frequent injuries in 2012, making 321 appearances for the White Hart Lane side, and after planning his future, he decided to dive into coaching path.
The ex-England defender believes he has learned enough from his previous bosses to make him a successful coach and get by on his own. He is currently working on his UEFA B license. “I came into the game and had George Graham who was a tough disciplinarian type of coach,” King told news agents.
“Then there was Glenn Hoddle who was a terrific player and I enjoyed my time under him in terms of the way we played football. Your communication with your players is the key – and I have not always had that throughout my career. You have to find the right combination.” He added. King also noted that as a coach, there are time you need to be tough. For him, it was important to seize the moment, act tough and talk tough. He also noted that even when you come in the next day, you are free to joke with the same players. He hopes to be this kind of a coach, just like Mauricio Pochettino is.
King said coaching is something that inspires him. He believes until he reallygives it a proper go he will not be able to rest or walk away from the game of football. “I am not saying it to be rude, it really is our goal. When you are called Tottenham, you need to be ambitious and vibrant in all you do.”