Ledley King Reiterates Coaching Aspirations at Tottenham Hotspur

Sam RookeFeatured ColumnistMay 12, 2014

Tottenham Hotspur's Ledley King passes the ball as his side play Newcastle United during their English Premier League soccer match at Tottenham's White Hart Lane stadium in London, Saturday, Feb.   11, 2012. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
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LONDON — Ledley King brought the final curtain down on a 16-year playing career with his testimonial match at White Hart Lane on Monday night, and afterwards he gave some insight into what his future holds.

After praising the "unbelievable" atmosphere inside the famous old stadium, King was asked to assess Spurs' current situation.

While admitting that Tottenham had endured a "tough season", King added his hopes that they could bounce back next term.

"We're not far away, there's the nucleus of a good squad. Hopefully we can strengthen."

He also pointed out that after a year's experience in the Premier League, Tottenham can expect more from their 2013 signings.

Having already worked with players across the age levels at Spurs, he wants to continue in that role, while gaining his technical qualifications as a coach.

"That's something I want to do, do the badges."

He intends to continue in his position as club ambassador while making the move into coaching.

"I'll travel with the team in pre-season." 

While ruling out any immediate management aspirations, King did not entirely close the door on the notion of returning to White Hart Lane in a coaching role.

"Down the line, hopefully I've got something to offer."

A frustrating end to his playing career; brought down by persistent injury at the relatively young age of 32, has not dulled his passion for football.

"I still love the game."

Asked about England's World Cup squad, King had words of encouragement for his former teammates Kyle Walker and Andros Townsend. Both were omitted by Roy Hodgson due to the impact of injuries on their seasons.

"Obviously it's disappointing but they have to go away and get themselves right," adding, "time is on their side" and "they can make the next one."

As composed before the press as he was on the ball, King possesses a certain gravitas among his many attributes. It would be the dream of many Spurs fans to see him return as manager one day. When he completes his badges, they might just get that wish.