I need guidance! - Rio Ferdinand looking for QPR improvement

Rio Ferdinand

Rio Ferdinand is aware that he has not been at his best since his arrival at Queens Park Rangers.

The 35-year-old central defender has started every game for the R’s since his switch to Loftus Road over the summer, but has not been able to prevent the dreadful defensive performances that have Harry Redknapp’s side bottom of the Premier League table.

With just one win from seven games, the R’s have the second worse defensive record in the division, and there have reportedly been calls for head coach Redknapp to be dismissed from his role leading the team.

It represents a new situation for Ferdinand, who arrived in West London on the back of a trophy-laden 12-year spell with Manchester United, during which he won six Premier League titles, the FA Cup, the Champions League and the Club World Cup. Being in a relegation scrap is new to the ageing star, and he told the Evening Standard that he understands he has been performing below the level expected of him.

He said “It’s early in the season and things will turn around — I’m confident of that,” said Ferdinand. “I’m not a mug. I understand that I have not done as well as I should have in certain games and situations.

“Things have happened. But through the course of the season, I’d like to think I can play more good games than bad. If anyone thinks I’m here not to muck in and fight with the rest of the lads — it couldn’t be further from the truth.

“Yes, it’s been difficult. I’ve had to readjust. The way of thinking and of playing is different to what I was used to at United. The timing of our play is different.

“I’m having to adapt to a lot of new situations quickly. It’s hard to enjoy it when you’re not winning but I am enjoying the challenge, which is the most important thing.

“I’m 35 but still feel like I have a lot to offer — that’s why I made the move. I’m very pleased that QPR gave me a chance and more than likely, this is where I will end my career.”

Despite his experience and talent, Ferdinand is hoping that someone can show him guidance on the path to top flight survival, whilst bringing advice to his teammates from his successes in Manchester.

“I’m not going around giving words of wisdom,” he added. “I’m asking questions, seeing where people are at. A lot of us are doing that. It’s good to soul search within each other, to find out how we are all are physically and mentally.

“This situation is something I’m not used to. I’m looking for people to guide me as well. I’m asking questions about their experiences and what situations they have had. ‘How did you try and work it out?’ Why didn’t it work last time?’ I will work off that.

“But there are things I can bring with me from my time at United that I can use to better the club I’m at now.”

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