Ex-Arsenal legend Robert Pires has announced his desire to become a short-term head coach.
The 46-year-old is not currently employed as a full-time coach, but during the last few seasons, he has done work helping out at the Gunners.
Pires explained in an interview with Moroccan journalist Zineb El Houari that he was able to make the transition to full-time coaching and was keen to pursue research in Spain to do so.
He also spoke of aspirations in the future to become a manager-but said he had no choice on which team or league he landed a place in.
“There are some who decided to become a coach or sports director or a consultant. I’ve taken this path and it still helps me to be in football. But, I think coaching is a good job, even though it’s hard every day,” said Pires.
Until moving to North London in 2000, Pires honed his footballing ability as a youth in his native France at the Metz and Marseille Ligue 1 clubs.
Pires went on to win two Premier League titles and two FA Cups in a six-season stint at the Gunners with his countryman Arsene Wenger as a coach.
After leaving Arsenal, Pires spent four years at Villarreal in La Liga before finishing his career with brief periods at Aston Villa and FC Goa.
At the international level, Pires won with France in the 1998 World Cup and 2000 European Championship, collecting 79 caps along the way.