Rio Ferdinand has claimed that he would resign if he was in Ledley King’s position after Ryan Mason was handed control of the first team following Jose Mourinho’s sacking.

King had been part of Jose Mourinho’s coaching staff since last year and he was the only one among the Portuguese coach’s assistants to still be at the club after Joao Sacramento, Nuno Santos, Carlos Lalin and Giovanni Cerra were relieved of their duties along with the former Spurs boss.

The former Tottenham captain has now been tasked with helping Mason and Chris Powell steer the ship until the end of the season.

King spoke highly of Mason’s potential as a coach, insisting last week that the former Tottenham midfielder’s philosophy fits in with the club’s ethos.

However, Ferdinand believes that King should have been installed as the interim coach ahead of Mason and called for his former England teammate to hand in his resignation if he was overlooked for the role.

The former Manchester United defender said on his YouTube channel Rio Ferdinand Presents FIVE (as relayed by TBR Football): “If I was Ledley King, and I’ve been coaching the first-team under Jose Mourinho and they made the [head of player development] the replacement manager for Mourinho who I was coaching for, and I’m around the first-team every day, and they bring [Mason] as the interim manager in front of me, I’m handing in my resignation.

“Unless Ledley is happy in that role and has said, ‘bypass me, this ain’t for me. I don’t want to be the manager, I don’t want to be in the spotlight. We need to hear that from Ledley.”

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One has to remember that Mason is a more experienced coach than King despite their age difference. The former Spurs midfielder has been with the club’s youth set up for three years while King only went into coaching last year. King is also yet to complete some of his badges.

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