Joe Cole claims that he would love to become West Ham United manager

Joe Cole of West Ham United applauds the fans as he walks off the pitch during the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Cardiff City at Boleyn Ground on August 17,...

Joe Cole has admitted that he would love to manage West Ham one day.

West Ham United's English midfielder Joe Cole runs after the ball during the English Premier League football match between West Ham United and Hull City at the Boleyn Ground, Upton Park,...

Former West Ham United ace Joe Cole has told this month's edition of Four Four Two that he would love to return to manage the club one day.

Cole, 36, came up through the ranks with the Hammers and was touted for stardom back in the early 2000's, having shown huge talent and potential at Upton Park.

The playmaker moved onto Chelsea in 2003 following West Ham's relegation from the Premier League, racking up almost 300 appearances for the Blues whilst also winning three Premier League titles.

Joe Cole of West Ham United looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Arsenal at Boleyn Ground on December 26, 2013 in London, England.

A return to West Ham came after spells with Liverpool and Lille, before Cole moved onto Aston Villa, Coventry City and the Tampa Bay Rowdies, where he remains as his career comes towards its end.

Whilst Cole was an England international, earning 56 caps, he didn't quite live up to his early potential, and he may be eyeing up a future in the game as a coach.

Given that his playing career is drawing to an end, Cole is starting to think about the future, and he was asked by Four Four Two whether he would want to manage Chelsea or West Ham.

Joe Cole of West Ham signs autographs for fans inside the stadium before the Barclays Premier League match between Swansea City and West Ham United at Liberty Stadium on October 27, 2013...

Cole responded by claiming that he isn't nearly ready for that kind of role, but he is picking up experience as he goes along, and would love to manage West Ham – or Chelsea, or England – in the future.

“They would be dream jobs for a lot of people, but I’ve got plenty of steps to take before I get anywhere near that level,” said Cole. “I’m gaining experience and don’t know where I’ll end up just yet.”

“There are hundreds of roles within a football club, from director of football down to academy roles. But for every player if you love football, you’d love to be manager of England, Chelsea or West Ham,” he added.

Joe Cole of West Ham United applauds the fans as he walks off the pitch during the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Cardiff City at Boleyn Ground on August 17,...

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