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Newcastle United legend knocks back FA approach

3 years ago

Les Ferdinand has been targeted by the FA.

Currently QPR’s Director of Football, the Newcastle United legend revealed on Thursday night that the FA had approached him.

Speaking at a QPR fan event, (Sir) Les Ferdinand told supporters that he had been asked about the possibility of replacing Dan Ashworth.

Ashworth has overseen a remarkable job as English FA’s technical director but in September it was announced that he would be moving to Brighton as their technical director in Spring 2019.

However, Les Ferdinand says that he told the FA that whilst he was ‘flattered’, he would be staying on at QPR for the foreseeable future.

Ferdinand became the club’s Director of Football in February 2015 and in these past three and a half years the West London club has experienced severe financial problems.

Despite that, and relying solely on free transfers and loans this summer, there has been a remarkable upturn in their fortunes.

After a poor start to the season the club’s fans were only seeing more misery ahead and calling for the new manager’s head.

However, Newcastle flop Steve McClaren, with Les Ferdinand’s help, has turned things around and they have had five wins and only one defeat in the last seven games.

QPR are tenth in the table but only two points off fifth and seven off the top, in what is a very competitive top of the Championship.

Newcastle fans still remember fondly the two years Les Ferdinand spent at St James Park, Kevin Keegan made many great signings but Sir Les as up there with the best of them. No coincidence that he was playing up front in the two seasons when Newcastle finished Premier League runners-up.

Talking on Thursday night about the FA approach, Les Ferdinand said:

“They contacted the club and asked to speak to me.

“It is the national team…

“I did speak to the FA and I made my views clear to them.

“I told them that I was flattered they wanted to speak to me, because sometimes you read reports, and they make you feel like you’re not doing a good job.

“But they have recognised what we have done at this football club.

 “I spoke to them but it wasn’t time for me to leave this football club.

“I am happy to stay.”


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