There’s certainly been a media frenzy around Queens Park Rangers Director of Football Les Ferdinand in recent times and I must admit that the more I read his recent interview, the more sympathy I’m actually gaining for the position he’s in and he’s largely damned if he does and damned if he doesn’t.
His massive interview this week with Talksport was quite the eye opener in many ways and with Ferdinand again taking the flack for his comments over Mass Luongo and how it was likely he would move on this summer, with fans criticising him for effectively weakening our negotiating position by the comments, Ferdinand in some ways was right to slightly bite back and effectively point out QPR don’t exist in a bubble and other clubs are well aware of our financial position, so his words won’t have devalued the player.
“The simple fact is, and we’ve said this all along, is every single one of our players is up for sale. That’s where the club is at this moment in time. If we receive the right offer then they will go. We can say we want to keep our best players, but if we can’t afford to keep our best players than we have to sell them. We wanted to keep Charlie Austin and we couldn’t. He was in the last year of his contract and we couldn’t extend it to any more money than he was on. Massimo is in exactly the same situation. So what do we do? Get something for him now or he’ll go for nothing in a year’s time. Sometimes it gets to the stage where they want to move on. They don’t knock on your door and tell you, but from what’s been indicated to me Massimo wants a new challenge.”
He also clarified the original interview.
“The way that interview was publicised wasn’t the way the conversation actually went. He was asking me ‘do you think Mass can go on and play in the Premier League?’ And I said ‘yeah, if he can add goals to his game then he’d have already left this club already or we’d be in the top flight’. I didn’t say directly Mass has to go. The reality is can we afford to put Mass on the wages he wants moving forward? No we can’t.”