Long live the King! Tottenham legend moves into coaching role at WHL

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Around White Hart Lane and its neighbouring streets, there are few players held in as high regard as Ledley King.

Widely accepted as one of, if not the most gifted defender of his generation, a generation that produced plenty of top centre backs, King's playing career was cruelly cut short by chronic knee issues that first appeared in his mid to late 20s.

However, part of the legacy of King is that he wouldn't let his knee issues hamper his desire to turn out for a club he had first arrived at at the age of 16.

King made sporadic appearances throughout his last few seasons despite minimal training, even making it in to England's World Cup squad for the South African tournament in 2010.

He only retired in 2012 when his performances started to dip and he was told that continuing his professional career would damage his long term health. King was just 31, and had made 321 appearances for the Lilywhites and 21 for England. Barring his injuries he would still be in the centre of the Spurs and England defence.

King moved into an ambassadorial role with the club and it's community wing the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, doing a sterling job in his two years in the role.

And after a testimonial was played in his honour this May, comes the news that King is to begin assisting the coaching of the Under-18s at Hotspur Way. He will do so part time initially, but surely this is a sign that he is to pursue a return to the footballing side of the club, and could end up progressing all the way to head coach, a position he said he would love to fill eventually.

"It would be a dream come true for me to lead the team out as a manager," King said earlier this year.

Academy manager John McDermott told Spurs’s official website: "Ledley has come through the coaching training programme undertaken by a number of senior players in recent seasons, including Scott Parker, Brad Friedel and Michael Dawson.

"We are now looking for Ledley to spend 2-3 days a week assisting our Under-18 group with their on and off pitch development.

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"Using senior players as role models within our academy is a scheme we are keen to nurture and develop further."

It's a long way to Mauricio Pochettino's job, so recently filled, but as popular as he is, a lot of Spurs fans would likely harbour the very same dreams as you Ledley.

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