Les Ferdinand rejects FA approach for him to replace departing Dan Ashworth as technical director

The 51-year-old ex-Three Lions striker is currently director of football at QPR.

Reports claim he was on a four-person shortlist drawn up by the governing body to replace Dan Ashworth, who is joining Brighton, as the FA’s technical director.

Speaking at a QPR fan forum last night, the former towering frontman nicknamed Sir Les insisted he was staying at Loftus Road.

Ferdinand said: “I spoke to them but it wasn't time for me to leave this football club, I am happy to stay.

“To be honest, they (FA) contacted the club and asked to speak to me… it's the national team.

“I did speak to the FA and I made my views clear to them.

“I was flattered they wanted to speak to me because sometimes you read reports and they make you feel like you're not doing a good job.

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“But they've recognised what we've done at this football club."

Chief executive Lee Hoos took the approach as a compliment, saying: “The way we view it, we are flattered and honoured that they looked at this club.

“This is the national team, the fact that the FA is looking at people who work here shows we have people doing the right thing.”

Ferdinand has helped the Championship club through some tough financial times following their relegation from the Premier League in 2015.

Now with old England boss Steve McClaren in charge, The Rs are up challenging for a play-off spot.

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N'GOLO KANTE has signed a new five-year deal at Chelsea to become the highest paid player at the club.

Kante has put pen to paper on a £290,000-a-week contract after the Blues dug deep to ward off interest from Paris Saint-Germain.

The French giants had been desperate to tempt the World Cup winner to Paris and were prepared to break the bank to get their man.

But Chelsea moved swiftly to come up with new terms which will see the popular 27-year-old remain at Stamford Bridge until 2024.

Read what the much-loved ace had to say

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