Leaders
Dallmeier

Business Directory

Browse the Directory

Sign Up to the Directory

FC Business Twitter
FC business Linked in
FC Business facebook
FC Business Youtube

Les Ferdinand appointed Head of Football Operations at QPR

Tue 7th Oct 2014 | Football Club Management

Queens Park Rangers Football Club has announced the return of legendary front-man Les Ferdinand to Loftus Road, in the role of Head of Football Operations.

‘Sir Les’ – as he was affectionately known during his time at the club as a player – will be charged with overseeing the structure of the footballing side of the club, focusing on improving the footballing philosophy at all levels.

As part of the role, Ferdinand will have a coaching presence at all levels, helping nurture young talent from the club’s Academy through to the first team.

He will provide a direct link between the footballing side of the business and the Board of Directors, as well as chairing monthly Technical Control Board meetings.

QPR Chairman Tony Fernandes believes the arrival of the 47 year-old will significantly improve the footballing side of the business.

He said: “Football has changed considerably in recent years and I firmly believe there is a role at every football club for this kind of position.

“Les is a fantastic QPR man and I know the fans will join me in welcoming him back to a place he has a great fondness for.

“The footballing philosophy and nurturing young talent are high on our agenda and Les’s experience of working with players at all levels, combined with his undoubted passion for the club, will help us build and improve.”

A delighted Ferdinand told www.qpr.co.uk: “It’s incredible to be back here.

“This club holds a special place in my heart. Everyone knows what it means to me, so when the opportunity to return here in this role came up I jumped at the opportunity.

“Tony and his fellow shareholders know the passion I have and the experience I’ve gained since retiring will really stand me in good stead for this role.

“There’s nothing I want more than for QPR to be successful in the short, medium and long term and I’m excited about the challenge ahead.”

He added: “It’s about time we started producing players that come through to the first-team from the academy. QPR always had a tradition for doing that, but it seems to have gone away from it in recent years.

“I know the owners would like to get back to that, and they want that side of the club to develop.”
R’s manager Harry Redknapp said: “I'm pleased to welcome Les back to the club.

“There's no doubting the qualities he'll bring to the role, having enjoyed a great time here as a player. But beyond that, he understands the game.

“I brought him in at Tottenham as a coach, and he did a great job for me there.

“Having someone like him involved with the club, someone who understands the history of it, can only be good for QPR.”

Posted by: Kev Howland 

 

Icondia (Icondia-C-468x60.gif)
 
RETURN TO LATEST NEWS SECTION
SUBSCRIBE TO THE FCBUSINESS RSS FEED
 
If you have any football business related news stories you’d like to share then please contact us –
agourley@fcbusiness.co.uk  

To subscribe to our range of football newsletters including news, products and jobs CLICK HERE.

Add to: Google Google | Yahoo Yahoo | Live Live | del.icio.us del.icio | Digg Digg |

Related Articles

In Focus: Certificate In Football Business Management

Thu 31st Aug 2017 | Football Club Management

The Sports Business Institute Barcelona (SBI), the online football executive business training provider, and VSI, creators of the very first Masters in Sport Directorship programme, join forces to...

Comment: Matt Lawson - Diet for Football

Tue 15th Aug 2017 | Football Club Management

We speak exclusively to sports dietitian, Matt Lawson as the new season starts with a bang. When asked about diet and nutrition services for the 17/18 football season, the answer is easy. There has...

Alessandro Antonello Appointed New Inter Milan CEO

Mon 24th Jul 2017 | Football Club Management

F.C. Internazionale Milano today announced the appointment of Alessandro Antonello as the Club’s new Chief Executive Officer. Alessandro takes up his new position at the Club on 1 September 2017...

Chelsea Become First Club Awarded Healthy Workplace Charter

Wed 12th Jul 2017 | Football Club Management

Chelsea Football Club has become the first football club to be accredited under the London Healthy Workplace Charter. The Charter, backed by the Mayor of London, helps employers address issues such as...