My tribe
As featured on NewsNow: Football news

QPR chief Ferdinand eager to improve academy

QPR football chief Les Ferdinand admits he's keen to bring through local talent.

Ferdinand hopes to lift the quality coming through the Rs academy.

"In this country, we'll buy someone from abroad for £20m who has been playing professional football for years and we all go: 'Give him a year to 18 months to settle in'," he told the Daily Mail.

"Yet we'll take someone out of the development squad who has never played any senior football in his life and if he's not a world-beater within two games everyone's saying: 'Well, he's no good is he'.

"Why not afford the kid the same opportunity? It's incredible. We're making English players and English coaches appear mediocre and they're not. They're more than that, given the opportunity."

 For the big stories and the banter follow us on Twitter: @tribalfootball

About the author

Tribal Football Staff

Have your say
  • Add your favourite leagues and clubs
  • Build your own personal news stream
  • Easily share your favourite stories
  • Connect with what your friends are saying

Select your favourite
leagues and clubs
to get started.

Already part of MyTribe?