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WHERE 'R' THEY NOW? BRADLEY ALLEN

THE below Where 'R' They Now? feature appeared first in the Hoops matchday programme against Southampton (17/11/12).


Bradley, your media work seems to be going well, doesn’t it?

Yes, I’ve been fortunate enough to be involved in that role for a good eight years now since I finished playing. I am a co-commentator for Sky TV’s Football First show and for BBC London on the radio. It is something I have always been interested in and I find it very enjoyable. I have the opportunity to stay involved in football and watch players and matches at all levels. 


You also do some coaching, don’t you?

Yes, I take the under-15 age group in the Tottenham Hotspur Academy. Again, this is something I always wanted to do after I retired from playing. I get great satisfaction from being out on the training ground and hopefully helping young players to develop. 


As a football person from a famous footballing family, is it nice for you to still be involved in the game?

Absolutely. I am very fortunate to have a number of strings to my bow. My life is still hugely involved in football and long may that continue.


You get to see QPR play on a regular basis. How do you feel on our progress so far this season?

To be fair to ex-boss Mark Hughes, he has had difficulty in selecting a settled defence due to injuries. I think that caused problems early in the campaign. Also, there have been a lot of new players coming into the club and perhaps they will take time to gel. But hopefully the team will pick up and improve so that they can climb the table. 


Finally, can Rangers consolidate and push on in the Premier League?

I think that is important as the R’s have plans for a new training ground and eventually a new stadium. I have been impressed by the investment in the QPR Academy as well. It is long overdue that the club is now concentrating on promoting young players from within. I hope that Rangers can become established once more in the top flight over the next three to five years so that all their ambitious plans can come to fruition. 


Where 'R' They Now? appears in Hoops matchday programme on sale around Loftus Road for just £3. Sunday’s matchday programme against Liverpool carries a Where 'R' They Now? piece with ex-Rangers defender David Bardsley.