QPR boss Harry Redknapp has backed Rio Ferdinand to take over an administrative role in the game when he retires.
Ferdinand moved to Loftus Road as a free agent in the close-season after his 12-year spell at Manchester United came to an end.
Last month, the 35-year-old stated his desire to one day be considered for the England manager’s job, but Redknapp – who previously worked with the defender in his early days at West Ham – has tipped Ferdinand for a potential role as one of football’s high-ranking officials.
Amid recent rumours Ferdinand could be appointed to FIFA’s Executive Committee, Redknapp commented: “He could be another Michel Platini [UEFA president] – that’d be nice for him and why not?’
“He’s a bright boy and a lovely guy – an absolute class act on and off the field – he’s smart and a top boy.
“We need more people like him running the game. He’s got great knowledge of the game and is a great role model.
“He’s come out of a working class area in south London area and he’s made it.
“I’ve known him since he was 14 and he’s a fantastic boy and he hasn’t changed a bit as a person, he’s just got a bit more experience now but as a person he’s top class.”
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