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Austin: I'd like to say this about Les Ferdinand, but I can't

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Charlie Austin has spoken about Les Ferdinand's role at Queens Park Rangers.

Queens Park Rangers forward Charlie Austin has told the London Evening Standard that Les Ferdinand is not helping out on the training field.

Ferdinand was appointed as the R's director of football last month, but it seems that his role is not a hands-on one. 

Austin says that Ferdinand is too busy to offer any advice on the training field, with his focus solely on matters off the field. 

“I would like to say he is (helping the players in training) but he isn’t," he said. "He’s at the training ground but he has other matters to worry about.”

Ferdinand has been tasked with helping QPR bring through their own youth products, but it seems that he is the one trying to design the strategy rather than to actually implement it. 

As a result, it means that new R's boss Chris Ramsey is being worked hard, with most of the ideas on the training ground being down to him. 

Ferdinand, meanwhile, will be looking to continue overseeing development, with his work having some impact so far.

Ramsey has utilised the likes of Darnell Furlong and Michael Doughty during his brief time in charge so far, and more of QPR's prospects will be hoping to follow in their footsteps in the near future. 

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