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Beale and Ferdinand discuss QPR’s transfer plans in opening press conference

QPR manager Michael Beale faced the press for the first time today, after taking on the R’s job at the start of this month.

Beale left his position among Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa coaching team to take on the QPR job.

R’s fans were weary of who might replace Mark Warburton at first, with some uninspiring names having been linked to the vacancy before Beale filled the position.

On the whole though, QPR fans are very optimistic about the appointment of Beale, and that optimism was satisfied with the double signing of Jake Clarke-Salter and Kenneth Paal over the weekend.

They become the first two signings of this summer and the first two signings of the Beale era, with many more expected to follow in what could be a busy summer for the west Londoners.

Speaking during today’s press conference, QPR’s director of football Les Ferdinand said of more potential signings this summer:

“Looking at the squad, we’ve always spoken about development. Taking the players we’ve got. We cant go out and buy a £10million player, so we’ve taken frees [free agents], players that cost a little bit less, and I think [Ebere] Eze’s the best example of what we’ve done in recent times.

“We’ve made them better players and that still remains the same for the club, and looking at Michael’s resume and what he’s done in the past, we think he can bring that to us and get the best out of what we’ve got out of this football club and the ones that come through the door after.”

Beale inherits a squad full of talented younger players who blossomed during Mark Warburton’s three-year tenure at the club.

Throughout those three years, QPR brought in some unknown quantities and tried their luck, with some of them becoming first-team players and others not.

With Beale now at the helm, many are expecting him to call upon some of his former clubs this summer, and potentially call in some favours in the transfer market.

Some reports have already backed them to sign Aston Villa’s Cameron Archer this summer. But speaking on the loan market, Beale had this to say:

“I’m not guaranteed any favours from anyone. In football everyone has to do what’s right for their young players. Aston Villa do have some very talented young players. So do the other clubs that I’ve worked with. But it’s important that we have players that are here at QPR and invested in our future.

“So any of the players that we would look to bring in on loan, is there an option that they could stay here longer term? Have we got the right players in the right positions at the moment? QPR’s not going to be a holding ground for other players from other teams.

“But we will use the loan market if and when needed.”

Well-spoken…

Beale comes across as a really well-spoken and knowledgeable coach. QPR are certainly taking a gamble by appointing him but given all the evidence – his background in coaching and his experience to date – it’s a gamble that could quite easily pay off.

Fans should be excited for the upcoming season and the weeks ahead, with QPR looking likely to do some more transfer business.

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