Appointing Ledley King as a first-team coach at Tottenham would be a “masterstroke” from Jose Mourinho, according to Darren Bent.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Spurs and England striker admits he is shocked that the former defender has not already taken up a coaching role after hanging up his boots.

The Evening Standard reports that King has held talks about joining the backroom staff after Mourinho confirmed assistant and analyst Ricardo Formosinho would be leaving the club.

The former centre-back has previously worked with the Lilywhites under-18s on a part-time basis and is a club ambassador in north London.

Bent, who played with King at Spurs, has given his first-hand verdict on the prospective appointment and admits he is surprised it has taken this long for him to find a job.

Bent told Football Insider: “That guy can do the lot, he can do everything – play, defend, everything, and he did it with one leg.

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“Do you know what’s mad though? I’ve always thought to myself surely when he retired one of the managers would get him on board on the coaching staff defensively. Honestly, outstanding.

“I don’t know if it was him that didn’t or what but it didn’t happen but I always felt managers were missing a trick with him because this guy, the fans love him – that’s a way to get the fans on board because they idolise him – he’s obviously that good as well.

“It’s a masterstroke from Mourinho if he pulls that off.” 

King played 317 times for Spurs across all competitions but suffered from a chronic injury that limited his training time.

Despite that, he established himself as a firm favourite in north London and helped the club pick up the League Cup in 2008.

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