The subject of opportunities for BAME coaches has not been far from the headlines in recent weeks and although Jermain Defoe has expressed his dismay at the apparent disparity, an interview with Talksport has revealed that he will now consider a role in football after he retires.
Former teammate and ex-Rangers full-back, Alan Hutton, speaking to Football Insider, has explained the personality traits that make the striker a natural to go into coaching and always felt that it was an avenue he would pursue.
So what has Hutton said?
When asked if he thought that Defoe would be a natural and a success as a coach, he said:
“I think you could always see that in him, even in his younger years. He was very demanding of the people around him, he was very moany – let’s not kid ourselves, he could moan.
“He’s had a great career with some great experience and I think it would be a shame for him not to then go and pass that on to the next generation.
“I always thought he would go down that route so it doesn’t surprise me.”
So is Hutton correct?
Defoe has long been hailed as the perfect role model for younger professionals and there is no doubt that since he singed for Rangers he has had a positive effect on the behaviour and discipline of fellow striker Alfredo Morelos.
As Hutton says, his experience at the highest level would be an asset for any club but it is another quality that would perhaps be more important on the coaching field.
Demanding high standards from those around him is an attribute that will stand him in good stead and given that Defoe has always led by example, he will instantly garner respect from those working or playing for him.
Before he hangs up his boots, Rangers fans will be hoping for one more season of the striker supporting Morelos in the way that he does best, by firing in the goals that will see their club finally return to the summit of Scottish football.