Where is Les Ferdinand now?
Queens Park Rangers and Tottenham Hotspur legend Les Ferdinand called time on his career in 2006 after a spell in the Championship with Watford.
A prolific striker at every club he played for, he is the eighth highest scorer in the history of the Premier League with 149 goals.
Surprisingly, he only won one team trophy during his career (the League Cup with Tottenham Hotspur in 1999) but individually he won the PFA Player’s Player of the Year award in 1995.
Ferdinand also represented the England senior side winning 17 caps and was part of the Euro 1996 and the 1998 FIFA World Cup squads.
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Upon retiring from playing, Ferdinand started a new career in the media as a pundit and match analyst for the BBC as well as the now defunct Setanta Sports..
In 2008 he returned to former club Tottenham Hotspur along with Tim Sherwood in a coaching capacity working with the side’s strikers.
In 2013 after the sacking of Andre Villas-Boas, Sherwood was appointed manager of the first team with Ferdinand moving up as his first team coach.
When Sherwood was relieved of his duties after the 2013-14 season, his backroom staff, including Ferdinand also left the club.
“Sir” Les wasn’t out of work for too long as he was appointed head of football operations at former club Queens Park Rangers working alongside former Spurs boss Harry Redknapp.
When Redknapp left his managerial post in February 2015, the club restructured their coaching set up and Ferdinand’s role was redefined as director of football with responsibility for the whole football department.
Les Ferdinand’s #One2Eleven
Ferdinand was a guest on Sky Sports programme The Fantasy Football Club in 2014 where he picked the eleven best players he had ever played with in their #One2Eleven section of the show.
GK – David Seaman – I played with him at Queens Park Rangers and England. What I liked about ‘Harry’ as I called him was that he kept things simple – if he didn’t have to dive he wouldn’t.
CB – Sol Campbell – at one point in his career he was arguably the best centre back around. Although my goal record against him was very good it was always tough as he’s so quick and strong.
CB – Des Walker – not many players go abroad so it shows how good he was at the time. Not a ball playing defender but was so quick and hard to play against.
CB – Ledley King– I know everyone will be surprised that I didn’t put Rio in but truth be told I never played with him. Had he not struggled with injury he would have been one of the best ball playing defenders in the world.
CM – Paul Ince – he would run back as quick to his own goal as he would forward which modern footballers no longer do. At one point he really was the ‘Guvnor’ in midfield because no one wanted to play against him.
CM – Ray Wilkins – as a player he probably had the biggest influence on my career. Day in day out he was on top of me, motivating me and not only that he was also a fantastic player. He made loads of goals for me – we had a kind of telepathy.
CM – Paul Gascoigne – I can’t believe that anyone who has played with Gazza wouldn’t put him in their team. For me, at one stage he was the best player in the world.
RM – Trevor Sinclair – I’ve played with a lot of great right-sided players, Keith Gillespie and Darren Anderton for example but Trevor was fantastic. He was tricky, he was quick and most importantly for me he could cross a ball.
LM – David Ginola – domestically the best player I have ever played with. I marvelled at some of the things he did at Newcastle and then when he moved to Tottenham he got even better.
Striker – Teddy Sheringham – Teddy had everything. What he lacked in pace he had up there (points to head) and was always 2 or 3 yards ahead of everybody else. I really enjoyed playing with him.
Striker – Alan Shearer – when you look at the Premier League history you’ll see no-one does it any better. I had one year with him and we scored 49 goals together.
Les Ferdinand: Premier League Statistics
|Premier League Teams Played for||Bolton Wanderers, Leicester City, Newcastle United, QPR, Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham United|
Statistics courtesy of www.premierleague.com