Les Ferdinand: I never had the final say on transfers when Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink was at QPR
PUBLISHED: 13:30 14 December 2016 | UPDATED: 14:04 14 December 2016
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QPR director of football Les Ferdinand has rejected claims that he had the final say on transfers during Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s tenure at the club – insisting it was always a collective decision.
Ferdinand has faced criticism from some QPR fans on social media who have questioned his influence and role at the club, but the former Rs striker has hit back at suggestions that he made the final decision on transfers while the Dutchman was in charge.
He told the Times: “There’s not a player that came in that Jimmy didn’t want. I didn’t go out and say we’re buying this player. I don’t believe that’s how a director of football works.
“So say for instance we’re looking for a right back. Jimmy might identify a right back that we want but if we can’t afford him we say to Jimmy that we’ve got scouts and a head of analysis for four or five right backs in the same mould and suggest them to him and then he picks the player he wants out of those.
“You can ask Jimmy if there was a player he signed that he didn’t want.
“There might have been one or two he didn’t want that were already here. No player came in that he wasn’t happy with.”
He continued: “It’s not a case of just me and him. We all look at it as a collective and see how he’d benefit the side.
“There were players we spoke about that we couldn’t afford.
“What we did, we put our heads together and had loads and loads of players we looked through and thought might work. The ones that came in, he was happy with.
“In modern day football you can’t get everything you want so there were some players we highlighted and couldn’t get, but on the whole Jimmy was pleased with the business we did and so was I.”
While the Rs are currently struggling at the wrong end of the table, Ferdinand still maintains a push for promotion is not out of the question this season.
He added: “No targets have changed. We want to improve those players. We want to get in the play-offs and win promotion.
“We know with the players we brought in, it’s about them being developed.
“I know these boys need to be developed and that’s what we were hoping Jimmy was going to do and that’s what we’re hoping Ian [Holloway] is going to do.”