Ferdinand’s title is ‘stupid’ says Redknapp
Under-pressure manager Harry Redknapp has said that Les Ferdinand was given a “stupid title” by QPR chairman Tony Fernandes.
Aware of the former R’s and England striker’s popularity among fans, Fernandes had been looking to bring Ferdinand back to Loftus Road for some time before recently announcing him as the club’s head of football operations.
Redknapp, who previously gave Ferdinand a coaching role at Tottenham, publicly welcomed the move but there have been tensions behind the scenes.
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“Listen, I love Les – I get on great with Les. I’ve got a lot of time for Les,” Redknapp also said when asked about Ferdinand’s role.
“He’s just looking at the youth set-up and everything else. Tony wanted to bring him in. He’s an iconic figure at the club.
“He was a great player here and I think Tony thought he’d be good to have. I don’t know, I think he’s just looking at scouting and all that type of stuff.
“I knew he was coming in. The chairman asked me what I thought about Les and I said ‘I love him, he’s a great lad’.”
Redknapp then added: “That’s where we are at the moment. Who knows where we’re going to be next week.”
Redknapp’s position is under scrutiny following Rangers’ dismal start to life back in the Premier League.
The club are bottom of the table and former Spurs manager Tim Sherwood, who was also part of Redknapp’s backroom team at White Hart Lane, has been discussed as a possible replacement for the 67-year-old if results do not improve.
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18/10/2014 @ 10:18 pm
Isn’t it about time we stopped doing all this talking off the pitch and started doing it on the pitch….
U listening Rio?
18/10/2014 @ 11:52 am
Correction to final sentence: “… some of the out-of-contract players moved on”.
18/10/2014 @ 9:26 am
It’s difficult to know quite what to make of a football club manager who told the press, a few weeks ago, that he would sign an employment contract without reading it and now says of a senior appointment to the footballing staff “I don’t know, I think he’s just looking at scouting and all that type of stuff.”
Harry seems to have lost all interest in the bigger picture – or wants everone to think he has. If he stays in the job until he is ready to retire, he is in danger of bequeathing his successor a mis-shapen muddle.
That is, of course, what he bequeathed himself when he came back to work after the close season to be faced with a much depleted squad because all the loanees had returned to their parent clubs and the out of contract players moved on.
17/10/2014 @ 10:53 pm
Where’s the quote in the article?