Gus Poyet backs old pal Les Ferdinand’s manager qualities

NEW ROLE ... Ferdinand.
NEW ROLE ... Ferdinand.

GUS POYET is ready for a Tottenham old boys reunion when QPR visit the Stadium of Light next week.

Second bottom QPR yesterday named Poyet’s ex-Spurs team-mate Les Ferdinand as the club’s new director of football, with the former Newcastle United frontman poised to take caretaker charge in this weekend’s clash against Southampton.

But another of Poyet’s old White Hart Lane team-mates, Tim Sherwood, is the red-hot favourite to succeed the departed Harry Redknapp as manager.

QPR visit the Stadium of Light on Tuesday for a crucial clash at the wrong end of the Premier League table, and whoever is in charge, will be looking to secure the club’s first points on the road this season.

“When you are at a club, things happen and you have to be ready to take them,” said Poyet.

“It depends on how well Les does at the weekend maybe. Who knows we might be playing against him again next week at the Stadium of Light?

“But Les knows the game, he understands the game and he’s got the qualities to go and manage.

“He’s worked with Tim before and I’m not surprised he’s the favourite.

“I like both of them. They’re very good characters.”

Redknapp stepped down hours after the transfer deadline, citing the need for knee surgery as the reason behind his resignation.

That came after QPR had suffered their 11th successive defeat away from home, at Stoke City last weekend.

“I was surprised, it was unexpected,” added Poyet.

“I wish him well with the operation.

“We all have some problems with our knees, so sooner or later, you have to take some time off!

“Let’s hope that he comes back because from what I understand, he’s not retiring, just taking time off.”