Wolverhampton Wanderers captain Paul Ince signed a new one-year deal to carry on playing at Molineux yesterday - but his thoughts appear preoccupied with managing the club instead.
The 37-year-old former England international last night outlined his plans to eventually succeed Glenn Hoddle as Wolves' next manager.
And the veteran midfielder admitted he would have been keen to take over from Hoddle this summer had the ex-England boss left Molineux.
Hoddle ended the uncertainty about his future by signing a rolling 12-month deal at Wolves last month and Ince has now decided to carry on playing for one more year.
Ince is determined to help the Championship club back into the Premiership next season, but the midfielder also has his eyes on managing Wolves when Hoddle eventually leaves.
Ince said: "I'd definitely like to manage this club - that's one of the reasons why I didn't want to leave.
"There was always the question of whether the gaffer [Hoddle] was going to stay or not and if he had gone this year I would have fancied myself to do the job.
"The fans would have liked me to do it too, but now I have to be looking to manage this club in two or three year's time.
"First and foremost my priorities are on the pitch and trying to get this team into the Premiership.
"In my spare time I will start to look into coaching and management though because I want to manage here.
"I love this club and by going to another club I could wreck my future chances at Wolves."
Ince yesterday displayed the single-minded qualities he repeatedly illustrated during the course of his successful playing career with the likes of United, Liverpool and Inter Milan, when he talked about getting into management.
But the Ilford-born midfielder, who was the first black player to captain England, does not just want to go into management for himself.
As one of the finest black footballers of his generation, Ince is fully aware of his status as a role model and he hopes that by moving into management, he can inspire other players to emulate him.
He added: "I want to go into management and hopefully help some black managers come through.
"If they see someone like me getting a job either this year or the year after then that might make them want to do it.
"You don't see many black managers and it is unfair but they are not really getting a chance.
"There are a lot of black people coming into the game now, a lot of young black kids, and I know I'm a role model to some of them.
"Hopefully we will have more black managers in the game soon. At the moment there is only really Keith Alexander at Lincoln City.
"He has done a great job there but he hasn't really got the recognition he deserves.
"I think the only reason people know about Keith is because he went into hospital with a brain tumour and battled back."
Ince's decision to commit himself to Wolves is the latest boost to the club as their gear up for what they hope will be a better attempt at promotion next season.
After finishing their league campaign this term on the back of an unbeaten run of 18 matches, Ince is very optimistic.
And Ince, who joined in August 2002 on a free transfer from Middlesbrough, hopes Hoddle can retain transfer-listed striker Kenny Miller and highly- rated young centre-back Joleon Lescott to aid Wolves' promotion prospects and help him end his playing career in style.
He said: "I have a great affinity for the club. I enjoy working under Glenn because he is a great manager and I am really confident about next season. Hopefully we will get promoted to the Premiership and then I will probably retire." n George Burley has quit as Derby boss after admitting his position had become "untenable".
Chairman John Sleightholme opted to sell Tom Huddlestone to Tottenham against the manager's wishes earlier this year, while Burley's relationship with director of football Murdo Mackay had proved difficult.
The club last month denied they had launched an inquiry into Burley's conduct following newspaper allegations which the 49-year-old Scot, who led the Rams to the playoffs this season, said had "hurt him deeply".
"It is with great regret I wish to announce my decision not to continue as manager of Derby County Football Club," said Burley.
"It has been an honour and a privilege to work for this great club and to have enjoyed a memorable relationship with such special fans.
"However, as a result of an ongoing issue which has proved impossible to resolve, my position has become increasingly untenable."