Jack Collison has admitted to talkSPORT that he plans to return to West Ham United in the future once he has earned his coaching stripes over in America.
Like many of the most highly-rated young managers in the game, including Eddie Howe and Julian Nagelsmann, a former Hammers favourite is now hoping to make up for lost time in the dugout after seeing his playing career cut short.
The 31-year-old, who was forced to retire prematurely back in 2016, is quickly establishing himself as a coach with real potential. Colisson is now cutting his tactical teeth under Frank de Boer at MLS outfit Atlanta United, after spending two impressive seasons in charge of West Ham’s U16s.
“I’d like to think that story hasn’t quite ended. I don’t think the door will ever fully shut,” the former Wales international says, speaking to Ian ‘Moose’ Abrahams (7 May, 11am).
“Once I’ve been away, earned my stripes and had my experience as a coach, I would like to return (to West Ham) one day.
“I’m at the early stages and learning. The great thing about youth football is that it’s given me the chance to make my mistakes and try and find my own way.
“I’m sure there will be a time when I want to make that step (into senior management).”
There may be a managerial change at West Ham sooner rather than later with David Moyes, who returned for a second spell at the London Stadium before Christmas, struggling to kick start a season which has looked doomed from day one.
The West Ham role would undoubtedly come too soon for Collison although, if he continues to impress and improve, there is no reason why he cannot claim the tom job at some point.
There appears to be a growing trend for putting faith in young, homegrown coaches, with Steven Gerrard, Joey Barton, Frank Lampard and Sol Campbell all employed these days.