Ramsey and Ferdinand can oversee long-term success at QPR, insists Massimo Luongo
PUBLISHED: 12:06 04 September 2015 | UPDATED: 12:25 04 September 2015
EXCLUSIVE: Massimo Luongo is adamant Chris Ramsey and Les Ferdinand will bring success to QPR.
The Australian midfielder, who arrived from Swindon earlier this summer, says it is evident the pair work effectively together and are already enforcing much-needed change for the better – on and off the field – after a turbulent few seasons for the club.
Luongo told the Times: They [Chris and Les] have got enough trust and belief in each other to bring the right people in and get their message across.
“If you look at the players we have brought in so far that speaks volumes about what the club is trying to do here, which is establishing a long-term philosophy as opposed to the short-term one which we’ve seen here before.”
Rangers have made a positive start to life back in the Championship, lying fourth in the table going into the international break after securing a third straight league win at Huddersfield on Saturday.
Luongo believes Ramsey is already proving his doubters wrong and showing he is the perfect fit for the head coach’s role at QPR.
He added: “In my opinion Chris should have been involved in the first team a lot longer ago, considering the experience he has. He’s shown already he is suited perfectly to this position.
“He did really well at Spurs with Tim [Sherwood], as did Les. All three of them deserve more credit for what they did there. I suppose Tim is a Premier League manager so that’s been noticed, maybe more so than Chris and Les.
“Both of them have now got their big opportunities in the game though, and they’ve grabbed it with both hands so far.”
While Ramsey comes across as a calm and collective character to many, Luongo revealed that if something isn’t done to the former Tottenham coach’s liking, he will let people know in no uncertain terms that it is not acceptable.
“I’ve had the hairdryer treatment off Chris a couple of times – most recently during our pre-season friendly against Dundee,” said Luongo. “At half-time Chris took me to one side and said I had been too slow picking up my marker on a few occasions throughout the half, and evidently he wasn’t happy about that.
“I’ve seen that side of him plenty of times before, though. He gets his point across to you before the game and gives you information on what he wants from you.
“On that occasion I didn’t do that and quite rightly he informed me about that. It’s something he has been banging on to me about since I was at Tottenham so I wasn’t surprised with his reaction at all.
“I accept constructive criticism and move on and better my game from it, because at the end of the day I know he is only looking out for my best interests and wants me to fulfil my potential.”