Ferdinand reveals worst career decision
Les Ferdinand has revealed that his move from Newcastle United to Tottenham Hotspur was his worst career decision.
Ferdinand enjoyed a successful after joining in the summer of 1995 where the Magpies challenged closely for the Premier League title. Ferdinand was signed by Kevin Keegan but the manager left and former Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish took over and that was the turning point for Ferdinard’s career in the North East.
Newcastle wanted to raise funds for the transfer window, and Ferdinand sale to Tottenham was the main anticipated source of income. At that time, Ferdinand who was voted the PFA Player of the Year at the end of the 1995 season, says Spurs was in a big turmoil when he joined.
"I didn't want to leave Newcastle United. I was there for two years and I would have spent the rest of my career there. I thought it was a great club and thought we were on the cusp of winning something. But I think managers, and certainly British managers that I've come across, they like to change it because if they don't change it and that team goes on to be successful, everyone talks about it being the previous manager's team.
"Kenny (Dalglish) had his own ideas, he came in and he needed to raise funds. He did say to me he didn't want me to leave, but the club was looking to raise funds and he was pretty honest with me. He said he didn't want to lose me, but I didn't really believe it. Tottenham came up with £6m, I had been there for two years, I was 30 and Newcastle probably saw it as good business.” he Sky Sports News' Transfer Talk.
Liverpool, Sheffield interest
"There were a couple of other clubs that came in, Liverpool only wanted to pay £3.5m, Sheffield Wednesday were willing to pay £6m, so I remember speaking to David Pleat. But I thought if I am going to leave Newcastle, Tottenham were my boyhood club so that was where I was going to go. I knew the club was in a bit of turmoil at the time, but after speaking with Alan Sugar he utterly convinced me to sign for Tottenham.
The worst decision
“People go through their careers and say they don't have regrets, but from a football perspective that was probably the worst decision, I made (joining Tottenham). Tottenham was a club in unbelievable turmoil and I didn't realise how bad it was until I got there. In my first five years, I had four different managers and a change of board, so that tells you the type of turmoil the club was in. I made a decision based on pride rather than what was best for my football career.
Ferdinand played for QPR, a Championship outfit now, before joining Newcastle.