“I want to be the first British Asian to manage in England.” That’s the bold ambition of former Fulham defender Zesh Rehman.

He’s already had a few firsts in his career – notably becoming the first British Asian to play in League Two, League One, the Championship, and the Premier League.

Rehman has completed his UEFA Pro Licence and has embarked on another first – his first managerial role. On Saturday, he was appointed player/head coach of Hong Kong club KC Southern District.

“It’s a good opportunity to give back to a club that I’ve been playing for” .

“I appreciate the trust shown in me and it’s great I can now implement my ideas. I will still play – I’m 37 and there is still life in the legs yet.”

Rehman’s footballing journey has seen him play in England, Thailand, Malaysia and now Hong Kong, but it’s the early days where he will draw most inspiration from when he tackles life as a manager.

“If I go way back to 2003, Steve Coppell signed me on loan at Brighton,” he says. “He came across as intelligent and laid back and when I made my debut, I went on the pitch with confidence.

“And playing for Chris Coleman too. He was a real character and a real people’s person. Those are the guys I guess I would look to.”

Rehman is well aware he was a role model to young British Asians as a player – and accepts he could now encourage them to become a manager.

“Being visible and having a presence in the game can only lead towards potentially inspiring people that they can emulate the journey,” he says.