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'My kids needed me': Rio shares heartbreaking reason for ending management dream

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RIO FERDINAND has revealed the heartbreaking reason he could not pursue his management dream.

The Manchester United legend retired in 2015 and began taking his coaching badges.

Rio Ferdinand revealed the heartbreaking reason he could not pursue his management dream

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Rio Ferdinand revealed the heartbreaking reason he could not pursue his management dream

He even did so alongside the likes of Wayne Rooney, Michael Carrick and John O’Shea, all ex-United stars who have gone on to coach.

But in the same year Ferdinand hung up his boots, his wife Rebecca sadly passed away following a battle with breast cancer.

She left behind her three children Lorenz, Tate, and Tia, with whom she shared with Ferdinand.

So for that reason, the former England captain could not commit to management.

He said on The Overlap podcast: “I was doing my badges. I wanted to be a coach, manager 100 per cent.

“Me, Wayne, Michael, Sheasy, they’ve all done management now, I was on the same course as them.

“But obviously, personal situations at home happen. If you’re going to be a manager you’ve got to be there 24/7 there’s no time off.

“I’ve seen it with Stevie and Frank in the little time I’ve had with them. The change from being a pundit to a manager, their phones are never off their ear.

“They’re not really fully engaged because they’re probably thinking about a million other things.

“My kids needed me to be 100 per cent with them, I’m at work but I’m contactable, I can still be there I can still get to parents evenings whereas with managers, they miss all that stuff.

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“So I had to make a real quick decision. It wasn’t even something I had to think about, really. It was just like, I’m not doing that.”

The former defender later re-married to former reality TV star Kate Wright – now Ferdinand – in 2019.

And Kate has helped raise Ferdinand’s children while also welcoming two children into the world, son Cree and baby girl Shae.

Ferdinand, 45, chose to move into punditry following his retirement, a role he is still loving.

He said: “I’d be doing this anyway with my pals, going to games.

“Loads of my mates would be coming up to me after the game on the weekend, I’d be on that train or on the mini bus with them.

“But I love it and where we get to see it first hand we’re still close enough you get to smell it and feel it a little bit. I love it.”

Ferdinand with his first wife Rebecca in 2009

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Ferdinand with his first wife Rebecca in 2009Credit: Getty – Contributor
The former footballer is now with ex-reality TV star Kate

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The former footballer is now with ex-reality TV star KateCredit: Instagram
Kate is step mum to Ferdinand's three kids while they also share two themselves

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Kate is step mum to Ferdinand’s three kids while they also share two themselvesCredit: Kate Ferdinand / Instagram
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