Jermain Defoe has admitted that it would be a dream to become Tottenham manager one day but insisted that he is in no rush to jump into a top job.

Defoe is one of Tottenham’s biggest legends of the Premier League era, with the striker scoring 143 goals in 363 appearances for the Lilywhites across two spells (Transfermarkt).

Jermain Defoe

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The 40-year-old, who hung up his boots last year, is considered by many to be one of the most natural finishers of the modern era.

The Spurs legend now works as an academy coach at Hotspur Way, imparting his experience and know-how to the young strikers coming through the system at the club.

Recently, Chris Sutton had said on BBC Five Live’s Monday Night Club that the while the former Spurs striker would make for a ‘top-class’ boss one day.

When that was put to Defoe, the striker admitted that he wants to wait until he is ready before jumping into his first job.

Reacting to Sutton’s comments, he said on the Outside the Box podcast: “Chris Sutton said that? That’s quite a positive I appreciate it actually.

“As I’ve said many times on this podcast, I don’t think you need to rush into it.

“I want to learn as much as I can and when I get that first job, I am ready, I don’t want to jump in too soon.

“But in football, you never know, getting the Spurs job now would be crazy, wouldn’t it?”

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It is often quite difficult for managers to take over in the lower leagues and work their way up as they are usually written off after one bad stint.

That is why the likes of Defoe, Mason and Toure (who would presumably all have managerial ambitions) need to be smart in picking the right job to start with.

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