Joe Cole returned to West Ham’s academy this week to impart knowledge on some of the Hammers’ young players, and he has told the official club website that he is sure he will be back at the East London club in the future.
He said: “Once you play for West Ham you are always part of the family and I'm sure I will be back one day in some capacity.”
Cole, now 33, is still a Premier League player with Aston Villa, having also enjoyed spells with Chelsea, Liverpool and Lille since making his debut for the Hammers in 1998.
A prodigal talent, Cole is always regarded as never having reached his full potential, but he still has three Premier League titles to his name, as well as three FA Cups, two League Cups and he is the holder of 56 England caps.
He last played for West Ham in the 2013/14 season, having moved back to East London from Liverpool, before leaving at the end of that campaign to join Villa.
He has made one appearance for Tim Sherwood’s men this term, playing 60 minutes of the League Cup victory over Notts County, but he has failed to yet make it onto the field of play in the Premier League.
The winger is already thinking about his future after the end of his playing career, and he recently passed his UEFA B licence. He has taken short coaching sessions in the West Ham academy, and he has admitted that he is ‘sure’ to be back at the club’s famous youth system in the future.
Cole is a true West Ham boy, and one of the real products of their academy that defined what the club stands for, and he could be a great coach to impart a wealth of knowledge upon the next generation of star players.