QPR favourite suggests who should take over from Harry Redknapp

Marc Bircham believes that QPR should hire Les Ferdinand to replace Harry Redknapp.

Redknapp left Loftus Road on Tuesday, as per the BBC, and there is no indication as to who will take over from the ageing coach.

Head of football operations Les Ferdinand and academy coach Chris Ramsey will take temporary charge of the West London club, and former R’s midfielder Marc Bircham has told talkSPORT that Ferdinand should be given the job on a permanent basis.

48-year-old Ferdinand spent eight years with QPR as a player, scoring 80 goals in 163 appearances for the R’s. He spent time with Newcastle, Tottenham and West Ham following his departure from Loftus Road in 1995, although he returned to the club last year as head of football operations - basically acting as a director of football above Redknapp.

He worked as a coach with Tim Sherwood at Spurs, but he has little first-team managing experience, and his role as interim coach of QPR could see them become even further embroiled in a relegation battle. However, being a favourite at Loftus Road could play strongly in his favour, and former defensive midfielder Marc Bircham believes that there is no one more suited than Ferdinand for the full-time role as R’s head coach.

Speaking to talkSPORT, former Canadian international Bircham said: “Les is a QPR legend. The fans will be right behind him from the start. As a former QPR player, and fan, you always like to see QPR people there.

“I know Harry has just gone but, if there’s anyone to take the helm, then there’s no-one bigger than Les Ferdinand.”

Bircham - who currently coaches MLS side Chicago Fire - also commented on Redknapp’s departure, claiming that it would have been his failures in the January transfer market that caused him to leave the club.

He added: “The big thing for Harry was not getting the targets that he wanted on deadline day to keep QPR up.”

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