ASHLEY COLE has no fears of entering the cut-throat world of football management.
The England legend, who won 107 caps, has a new role this season as assistant to Under-21s chief Lee Carsley.
He is learning as much as he can from working with our nation’s best young players — along with his youth coach position at Chelsea — to steel himself for life as a boss one day.
And despite seeing how brutal the game can be, no matter how big a name you are — as close pal Frank Lampard discovered at Stamford Bridge — the 40-year-old is not put off.
Cole said: “I’ve lived and breathed football from the age of seven and I don’t think going into coaching or management should scare anyone.
“As long as you get the opportunities, and believe and have faith in the qualities you bring, you have to go for it.
“I am raring to go and waiting for my opportunity — but just making sure I’m ready to go into it.”
After hanging up his boots, Cole ‘got bored after two weeks’ of lying on a beach and yearned to be back on the training pitch.
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He worked at Derby with Lampard and followed him to Chelsea before taking on his current role with the Young Lions, who face Georgia in a friendly this afternoon.
“He set up sessions where the minute you got to the training ground you wanted to be out on that pitch.
“He made you feel safe and was very approachable — that really brought out the best in me.
“In terms of tactics, Jose Mourinho.
“Coming up against bigger opponents, he would write their height, their weight, the strong foot, the weak foot, where you want to show them.
“He had amazing gameplans.
“Arsene Wenger at times, he let the game be the teacher.
“I made a lot of mistakes in my early career and he never took me out of the team. He trusted the process that I was going to be a top player.
“If I could take all those three and squash them together then, hopefully, that will be me.”
Meanwhile, Under-21s left-back Luke Thomas reckons Cole is still so good he could do a job filling in for him.
The Leicester star, 20, said: “His positioning still to this day and his crossing are unbelievable. He’d still be able to fill in for me if he needed to!
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“When I first came in to the 21s this year I didn’t realise Ash was one of the coaches at the time, so it was a bit of a surprise to see him here.
“He’s one of the best left-backs there’s ever been, so to learn from him is great.
“He’s a top guy and still down with the lads. But also at the right times he’s serious. It’s great to have him around.”
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