Wayne Rooney is hoping to follow his former England teammates Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard into football management, the former striker preparing to take charge of Derby County this weekend.
Rooney is part of a four-man coaching team including Liam Rosenior, Justin Walker and Shay Given that will lead Derby for Saturday's league game at Bristol City after the Midlands club parted ways with Phillip Cocu last week.
Lampard was appointed Derby coach in the summer of 2018 and guided them to the Championship playoffs before taking the reins at Chelsea. "I'm ambitious", Rooney said.
"We all come into the game to play and then you have a decision to make".
"I've made it quite clear that my ambition is to go into management, especially when you see the likes of Frank, Steven and Scott Parker and the job they are doing".
The former Manchester United and Everton attacker will take the reigns at the Championship side this weekend, the Rams bottom of the table and having sacked Philip Cocu after they picked up just six points from their opening 11 games, even being overtaken by Sheffield Wednesday who started the season with a six-point deduction.
He said: "I'm not in the twilight of my career any more. We'll see where this takes us and there will be a decision made from there".
While Rooney possesses vast experience, Rosenior is highly admired by Derby's current hierarchy and already has his pro-license coaching badges.
The next Derby County manager was always going to have a big job on their hands, with the Rams sitting rock bottom of the Championship, and Howe could be the flawless man to steady the ship, despite Stan Collymore suggesting otherwise. "That depends on how the owners see the club moving forward", he said. I'd like to think that one day if I get a different path I'll be an outstanding manager as well. "At the moment, the important thing is that we win some football matches and we have an unbelievable opportunity to affect that in the short-term".