Rio Ferdinand says he's rejected offers to enter coaching

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Rio Ferdinand has rejected multiple offers to enter coaching since he retired last May, the former Manchester United defender says.

Since ending his playing career with Queens Park Rangers at the end of last season, Ferdinand has worked as a TV pundit and focused on his Rio Ferdinand Foundation charity work.

But the 37-year-old said he's not ready to start a path that could lead to management.

"I've had some calls, not for first team jobs," he told the Evening Standard. "I've had quite a few calls from different areas in football.

"There was nothing that I was ready for now. I'm committed to BT and my charity work."

However, Ferdinand hailed his former teammate Gary Neville for taking the manager position at Valencia.

"Gary's done it the right way, remaining involved with coaching here and there and doing the punditry, keeping your eyes open in European and English football," Ferdinand said.

"It's a great way to stay involved and learn, without being under the microscope or pressure [of management]. If you come across like you're quite educated, and you've got an idea about the game there's going to be chairman that watch BT and think 'He seems to have an understanding of it, like he could take my club on.'

"I'd like to think this could be a platform for me if and when I choose to get involved."

For now though, Ferdinand says he's enjoying his punditry work for BT Sport.

"It's what I'd be doing anyway, in the pub, in my front room or my mate's. I'd be sitting talking about football," he said.

"It's something I enjoy; I needed something else to supplement that buzz at 3 p.m. on a Saturday or a Wednesday night. It's not going to be anywhere near what it was but it's something similar. It's being involved in something I love doing."