Harry Redknapp: I’d like to see Rio Ferdinand as West Ham manager

Harry Redknapp backs Rio Ferdinand for the vacant role at West Ham United.

Harry Redknapp has backed Rio Ferdinand, who recently retired from his playing career, to become manager of West Ham United.

Redknapp spent seven years in charge at Upton Park and brought Ferdinand through the youth ranks before giving him his professional debut against Sheffield Wednesday in 1996.

Later in their careers the pair linked up again when Redknapp signed Ferdinand for Queens Park Rangers after the player’s contract with Manchester United expired.

West Ham United are currently in search of a new manager after announcing that Sam Allardyce's contract would not be renewed. The club finished 12th in the Premier League table after a weak second half to the season.

Redknapp, however, believes Ferdinand has a great football brain and is full of good ideas.

"Rio Ferdinand's doing his coaching badges and has got a great football brain," Redknapp told Kicca.

"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, he needs to do that now, something to really focus his mind on, I think he’ll do that and do well.

"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. I’d love to see him get the opportunity somewhere, he’s young and enthusiastic.

"There have been a lot of lads who have gone out of playing and gone straight into management. Garry Monk’s done fantastic at Swansea, so there’s no reason why if given the opportunity somewhere with the right people around him, Rio couldn’t do very well.

"It wouldn’t be that ridiculous for West Ham to appoint Rio 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. Garry Monk is the prime example, what he’s done at Swansea this year, he was a player and suddenly he comes in and had a fantastic season.

"So there’s no reason Rio couldn’t do well. West Ham’s a great club with decent players, so it wouldn’t be impossible for him to have a crack at something like that."

Following the passing of his wife, Ferdinand retired from football. Many will feel that it's a good time for him to jump into a managerial job but only Ferdinand can make that decision. He has been in the game long enough to know how it works.

Also on Redknapp's recommendations list is Paolo Di Canio, who did a reasonably good job at Swindon Town. In 2013 he was sacked by Sunderland after a run of defeats in his first and only season in charge at the Stadium of Light.

"I’m also a Di Canio fan, I’d like to see him go back to West Ham," added Redknapp.

"I know everybody’s slaughtered him but he was fantastic at Swindon. I spoke to a lad who played under him at Swindon, Matt Ritchie who’s at Bournemouth who’s a really good player. He said he was fantastic to play for.

"He had a great start at Sunderland but it’s been a hard place to succeed - Martin O’Neill, Steve Bruce, one after the other, they’ve all had a crack at it.

"Paolo set high standards with the way he wanted players to behave, live, train, eat and a lot of players don’t want to be as dedicated as he was to the game."

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