Sol Campbell has said he expects to be appointed to his first job in management shortly.
The former Arsenal and Tottenham defender revealed he is in “active negotiations”, with a job in Europe likely.
Speaking to The Times, he said: “I am in active negotiations and we will see how things pan out over the next two or three weeks.
“I am waiting for someone to come back to me. I will have to see the proposal. I am probably recognized more in Europe than my own country.
“Players and managers understand and appreciate me more. You can’t be king in your own country. Sometimes you have to go away to come back.”
The ex- Arsenal and Tottenham centre-back retired as a player in 2012 and had looked to pursue a career in politics, having run for the Conservative Party nomination for the 2016 London Mayoral election, but failed to make their four-strong shortlist.
During his career as a player Campbell earned 73 England caps, won the Premier League twice, three FA Cups and a League Cup.
Sol Campbell is now setting similarly lofty goals ahead of his tilt in the dugout.
“I have a five or six-year plan and eventually I will get a top club,” he said.
“Everyone has their own destiny. Mine is to lead a top team in Europe and then, who knows, England. I am ready for it, for all the challenges. I was like that as a player; head down, committed.”