Battle of old style and new - Les
FORMER Wanderers striker Les Ferdinand sees today’s meeting of his old clubs as a battle between management’s old guard and the new breed.
At 39 years old, Whites boss Dougie Freedman is just two years into his coaching career with just above 130 matches under his belt.
In the away dugout at the Reebok, however, is Harry Redknapp – a man with 10 times as many games as a manager (1,313) and in his 30th year in that side of the game.
It is a match-up that intrigues Ferdinand who knows both characters well.
He told The Bolton News: “Dougie was at QPR when I was there back in the 1990s.
“He had good times with Palace and showed he has potential as a manager.
“Now he is at Bolton and progressing as he showed last season when they had a good second half to the season.
“He’s a young manager but has Lennie Lawrence with him and that is great for him to have that experience to call upon.
“It’s different to being a player and he has Lennie for advice if he needs it.”
One man who certainly has that experience like Lawrence is Redknapp.
Ferdinand did not work with him as a player but is full of admiration for the man who convinced him to return to the game as a coach.
And the 46-year-old, who is still on the staff at Tottenham, has respect after working alongside Redknapp at White Hart Lane.
He added: “Harry has been there done it and got plenty of T-shirts.
“It did not surprise me that he stayed with QPR. He has got teams out of the Championship before and will want to do it again after relegation last year.
“He has proved what he can do before when he took over Spurs when they were struggling and saved them.
“He couldn’t quite do it last season with QPR but that will make him even more determined this season.
“Personally, I have a lot of respect for him because he brought me back into the game at Spurs.
“I had finished and was doing some TV work but he asked me to go to Spurs with him and do some coaching and I am still there now.”