Spurs legend: 'I dream of being Tottenham manager'

But would the former Tottenham Hotspur defender be an improvement on current boss Tim Sherwood?

If there was one player Spurs fans would like to have still turning out for their club, it would be a very close run thing between Gareth Bale, who left the North Londoners for a world-record transfer fee this summer, and club legend Ledley King.

King, still just 33, retired in 2012 after a series of debilitating knee injuries had limited his training and ability to turn out for his beloved Tottenham. The ex-England man had gone several seasons only able to train to a minimal degree, turning out on match days and amazing fans and fellow professionals with his performance levels.

And now King, who played 321 times for Spurs over 14 years, having emerged from their academy, has set his sights on solidifying his legendary status even further by becoming club manager.

Having seen former teammate Tim Sherwood go from a backroom position to manager, despite the absence of any management experience, King, who has started taking his coaching badges, has similar lofty ambitions.

"I will complete my badges and it would be a dream come true for me to lead the team out as a manager," said King, a club ambassador since he ceased playing. 

How soon King can achieve his dream is open to debate, given the rumours surrounding Sherwood's tenure as head coach. If the former Blackburn captain is replaced this summer, it is reported that someone of Louis van Gaal's calibre may come in, leaving Daniel Levy's hands somewhat burnt by unproven former players taking the reins at the club.

Whether the Spurs chairman would risk appointing King so soon after Sherwood's troubled spell is somewhat unlikely. King may need to go out and learn the game elsewhere before having a shot at taking over at White Hart Lane. Alternatively, including him as part of any new management team's coaching staff would be an option, with an internship under Van Gaal being the perfect opportunity for any young coach.

King himself is aware of the difficulties of moving from player to manager, and expressed sympathy for Sherwood.

"It has been difficult [for Tim]," the former Spurs captain said. "I believe he is going to be a top, young manager... he is doing his best to get the best out of everyone.

"It is early days for me still. I've got a lot to learn on that side and I realise how difficult it is.

"I will take my time, try to get my badges and all you can do is see where you go from there."

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