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Les Ferdinand has held initial talks with the FA about replacing Dan Ashworth as the governing body's technical director, Sky Sports News understands.

A source has insisted that no formal interview process has started, but current Queens Park Rangers director of football Ferdinand is understood to be the early favourite for Ashworth's successor.

The highly-rated Ashworth will leave at the end of the year to take up a similar position at Brighton & Hove Albion. He had also been a target for Manchester United, who are planning to implement a techical director.

Ferdinand, who scored five goals in 17 caps for England, has been director of football at QPR since 2015 and oversaw relegation from the Premier League before 12th, 18th and 16th-place finishes in the Championship.

He enjoyed a 20-year playing career that included illustrious spells at QPR, Newcastle and Tottenham before joining West Ham, Leicester, Bolton, and then Reading, scoring 169 senior goals in total.

England boss Gareth Southgate praised the work of Ashworth in planning and implementing strategies that have helped the country reach a World Cup semi-final and win major trophies at U19 and U17 level.

And Southgate said: "It's up to us now to continue the work that's been started."

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2 minutes ago, 6666 said:

So he's been shit at QPR and now he's favourite for the role at a national level...? o.O

Define “shit at QPR”. 

I’m no expert on the matter but if he’s had a hand in reducing QPR’s awfully high wage bill from previous regimes and has played a part in their shift to focusing on youth, which has seen the emergence of Eberechi Eze, Aramide Oteh and Paul Smyth amongst others, then I’d argue that Ferdinand has done a decent job at QPR. 

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