Tim Sherwood: Former Spurs manager out of the running for Queens Park Rangers job

The 46-year-old had been the bookies' favourite

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Tim Sherwood is out the running to be the new Queen’s Park Rangers manager having failed to receive the assurances over the club’s future that he has sought.

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The 46-year-old has long been the bookmakers’ favourite for the job but talks behind the scenes have not been so straightforward. The likelihood now is that the club could move for one of Real Madrid assistant Paul Clement, who had previously ruled himself out; the former Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup or Brentford’s Mark Warburton.

The QPR chairman Tony Fernandes tweeted today that he was close to appointing his “dream manager”. Fernandes posted: “Think I have got my dream manager. Not what anyone thinks. Take a while. Still a bit to go but I'm very happy. Press all wrong.”

Sherwood had sought assurances over what the club’s plan was for the future, particularly if they got relegated from the Premier League in May which could make them liable for a potential Football League fine held over from their most recent promotion-season. The club could face a transfer embargo if they do not pay a fine that could be as much as £54m.

There is also the problem that at least eight of the squad the new QPR manager inherits would be out of contact in the summer with a further four loanees due to return to their parent clubs. Replacing them with the club under a transfer embargo would be near-impossible. On top of that around six further players, including Rob Green, are out of contract in June next year.


The club’s key shareholders, Fernandes, Ruben Emir Gnanalingam and Kamarudin Meranun have laid out a long term vision for the club in which they want young talent to thrive and an end to the exorbitant wages the club has paid in the past.

The director of football Les Ferdinand has been charged with finding the new manager and while he has worked with Sherwood in the past, and backed him for the QPR job, it was never the shoo-in many assumed. Ferdinand and the club have always been committed to interviewing a range of candidates which included Sherwood.