There must be something in the air about former England internationals going into coaching right now.
Just a day after news broke that Steven Gerrard had secured his first non-playing job by taking up a role within Liverpool’s youth academy, Rio Ferdinand has reportedly thrown his name into the hat for a job at one of his former clubs.
According to Daily Mail, the former Manchester United and Leeds centre-back has offered to make a return to the team where it all started – West Ham.
Slaven Bilic’s men have struggled to match last season’s heroics and are currently languishing in 17th place after 14 games, just one point above the relegation zone.
Their misery was compiled further on Saturday night after a humiliating 5-1 defeat at home to Arsenal.
The Hammers’ problems are clear for all to see. Only Swansea have conceded more goals so far this term and their home form since moving to the London Stadium has been nothing short of atrocious.
West Ham fans have witnessed just two home wins in the Premier League this term and the pressure is now on Bilic and co. to turn things around.
Sky Sports journalist, Kaveh Solhekol tweeted earlier today that a West Ham board meeting was set to take place and you’d expect the immediate future of the first team manager to be high up on the agenda.
@SkyKaveh Mancini needed
— Petr Hrubý (@petr_hruby) December 5, 2016
As could the reported interest of Ferdinand, who is rumoured to be keen to try and stop the rot at his old club by offering his services to tighten up Bilic’s defence.
Ferdinand played alongside the current boss during both of their spells at West Ham over 16 years ago which could help the ex-England international get his foot in the door.
Since retiring from the game in 2015, Ferdinand has become a regular pundit for BT Sport and until now, has shown little interest in making a return to the game.