Ashley Cole names three bosses who have inspired him to pursue managerial career

Ashley Cole has opened up on his three biggest managerial influences after announcing his ambition to become a Premier League boss.

Cole is one of England’s greatest ever players, having won 107 caps during a 20-year professional career.

The left-back won six Premier League titles, seven FA Cups, the Europa League and Champions League during lengthy spells with Arsenal and Chelsea.

The 40-year-old now wants to follow the lead of his Golden Generation team-mates Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Wayne Rooney into management.

Cole is currently working as coach with England Under-21s and is clear about his ambitions to go to the very top and put his experience with some of his managers into practice.

“It's something I definitely want to get into. Hopefully in a few years I can go into a managerial role,” he said.

“I would love to take bits from all my managers. If I could take all those three together and squash them into one hopefully that will be me! A tough task.

“Carlo Ancelotti was key at man-managing, and understanding the person and trying to get the best out of the person. He set up sessions so that the minute you got into the training ground you wanted to get out and be on that pitch.

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“He made you feel very safe and was very approachable. That really brought out the best in me.

“In terms of the tactical aspect, I think Jose Mourinho. It was his detail, the due diligence he would do. Going up against bigger opponents he would write down their height, their weight, strong foot, weak foot, the way you want to show them. Amazing game plans.

“I would take Arsene Wenger and at times he would let the game be the teacher. I was a young raw 19 year old but he let me play. I made a lot of mistakes in my early career, and he never took me out of the team.

“He trusted the process I was going to be a top player. I learned a lot from my mistakes in the game.”

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Cole previously worked with Chelsea youngsters while doing his coaching badges and is now learning from England U21s boss Lee Carsley.

And while he is happy with his current position, which allows him to pass on some of his own experience to the next generation of stars, Cole is clear about his long-term goals.

“I am here with the U21s, a great opportunity for me,” he added.

“Hopefully down the line there will be another opportunity for me to coach at a first team level, or of course manage at a higher level.”

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