Harry Redknapp has told his followers on www.kicca.com that he would like to Rio Ferdinand as a manager of West Ham with Harry himself as director of football. He would also like to see Di Canio back at West Ham.
Harry said “Rio Ferdinand’s doing his coaching badges and has got a great football brain.”
“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, Gary 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. Gary 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.”
“I’m also a Di Canio fan, I’d like to see him go back to West Ham. 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.”