Les Ferdinand was today named Director of Football at Queens Park Rangers as changes continued to sweep through the hierarchy of the club.
The former Hoops striker joined the west London side in October as Head of Football Operations and will be responsible for overseeing the entire footballing department and the future of the club.
"Everyone knows what this club means to me and if anything the last few months have only enhanced the feelings I have for QPR," the 48-year-old was quoted as saying by the Guardian.
“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.”
Owner Tony Fernandes has been critical about the club’s transfer policy in recent years and hopes Ferdinand is the man to help move Rangers towards a more positive and stable future.
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"Our recruitment policy at QPR is changing," he said. "We want to develop a philosophy of buying young, hungry players, who can go on to forge decent careers with us.
"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.
“Les bleeds blue and white and working closely with the first team and academy management, particularly in recruitment, he is going to play a key role in moving us forward over the coming months and years.”
Sherwood set to join QPR?
The move means it is now unlikely that Ferdinand will succeed Harry Redknapp as manager of the struggling Premier League club, who resigned on Tuesday citing the need for imminent knee surgery as the reason behind the decision.
Bookmakers were quick to install ex-Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood as hot favourite to take over at Loftus Road, with some companies offering odds as short as 1-10.
Rangers also confirmed the departures of Glenn Hoddle and Joe Jordan on Wednesday and sources inside the club claim that they hope that Sherwood will be appointed in time for their game against Hull City on February 21.