Les Ferdinand promoted as Fernandes slams 'transfer mistakes' at QPR
QPR have announced a restructuring of their coaching set-up following the departure of Harry Redknapp as manager, with Les Ferdinand named director of football.
The club have also confirmed that Glenn Hoddle and Joe Jordan have both left their coaching roles at the club, where they were working alongside Redknapp.
Ferdinand, who returned to Loftus Road last October as head of football operations, was on Monday placed in caretaker charge of the first team, alongside Chris Ramsey and Kevin Bond, when Redknapp resigned.
Now Ferdinand's role has been redefined, with responsibility for the whole football department, chairman Tony Fernandes announced on Tuesday.
Former Tottenham head coach Tim Sherwood, who worked alongside Ferdinand and Ramsey at White Hart Lane, is the hot favourite to succeed Redknapp.
“I’ve been really impressed with the job Les has done in his short time here and as such I am keen for his role to evolve, with the clear mandate of assisting us in developing and evolving the footballing department, from the academy to the first team," said Fernandes.
“This is a new strategy for us. Our recruitment policy at QPR is changing. The recent addition of Ryan Manning to the elite development squad is a sign of what we will be trying to do here. We want to develop a philosophy of buying young, hungry players, who can go on to forge decent careers with us.
Tottenham Hotspur interim manager Tim Sherwood (right) with Les Ferdinand (PA Photos)PA Photos
“I’ve had many messages from supporters, of all ages, who aren’t – for one reason or another – satisfied with what’s going on at QPR at the moment, but I can reassure all Rangers fans that we are putting the building blocks in place to move things in the right direction for the future.
“We’ve made a number of mistakes in the transfer market over the last few years and it’s something we want to change. We don’t want to be a buying club – we want to nurture young talent and build a young, ambitious team.
“Premier League survival is our priority in the short term, but in the medium and long term we want to make sure everything is in place, from the academy upwards, to create a culture and philosophy within the club that QPR fans can be proud of."
QPR also confirmed that coaches Hoddle and Joe Jordan had left the club following Redknapp's resignation.
Ferdinand said: "Everyone knows what this club means to me and if anything the last few months have only enhanced the feelings I have for QPR. Working closely with Tony and the board, I can assure QPR fans that they are desperate to create a lasting legacy at Loftus Road and the role of director of football will be hugely important in terms of where we want to take this club in the future.
"Some of the management courses I’ve taken over the last few years were with a role like this in mind, so I couldn’t be more delighted.”
Tony Fernandes showed plenty of emotion after QPR's winPA Sport
Fernandes' quotes are telling in the extreme: he has been burned by QPR's ruinous transfer policy in recent years, from the vast excesses of the Mark Hughes era to the seemingly random and nearly as wasteful strategy of the Harry Redknapp regime. QPR are a club crying out for a sensible, sober transfer policy which does not involve chucking huge amounts of cash at has-beens, never-will-bes and can't-be-bothereds. The tweet below, which came before Redknapp's departure, sums up the prevailing mood at Loftus Road.
Is Ferdinand the man to deliver such a change in strategy? It's hard to say as he has only been in the job for a short time, but this appointment certainly gives QPR fans hope that the future, even if it involves relegation, will be rather more coherent and considered than the chaos that has enveloped the club in recent years.