Queen’s Park Rangers have appointed Chris Ramsey to try to save them from Premier League relegation.
Ramsey has been in temporary charge since Harry Redknapp’s resignation last week but he will continue in the role over the club’s crucial final 13 games this season. In his one game so far – the 2-0 win over Sunderland on Tuesday night – Ramsey oversaw Rangers’ first and only away win of the season.
In the build-up to that game, Ramsey had said that he would “jump at the chance” to take the job on a more permanent basis, and he has been given until the end of the season, after his coaching has proved popular with players and staff so far. A statement from QPR chairman Tony Fernandes confirming the appointment is likely today.
Ramsey joined the QPR set-up last year, having been head of player development at Tottenham Hotspur for years. During that time, Ramsey was an assistant to Tim Sherwood during his six-month spell as Spurs head coach last season.
Contenders to be next QPR manager
Contenders to be next QPR manager
1/6 Michael Laudrup
There is huge respect for Laudrup on these shores following his stint with Swansea during which he led them to League Cup success in 2013 playing a stylish brand of football on a tight budget. The former Barcelona player also enjoyed success with Brondby and is currently manager of Qatari team Lekhwiya, though he is unlikely to be available until the end of the season.
2/6 Tim Sherwood
The Independent columnist has been out of work since being sacked by Tottenham at the end of last season. The former Blackburn player came close to taking the job at West Brom last month and has been linked with almost every vacancy going since becoming available, but pulled out of the race to replace Harry Redknapp on Tuesday 10 February.
3/6 Les Ferdinand
Another contender already at Loftus Road, Ferdinand held the role of head of football operations before he was appointed director of footba;;. The striker also played for QPR in the early stages of his career, scoring 80 league goals for the Hoops. That might make him a popular choice with fans but he has no management experience.
4/6 Steve McClaren
The former England manager held a coaching role at QPR before he was appointed to his current position as manager of Derby County. With the Rams currently in one of the automatic promotion spots in the Championship it might be difficult to tempt him away.
5/6 Gianfranco Zola
Links with local rivals Chelsea might not endear him to supporters although the Italian is a likeable character and could turn opinion around. Had a mixed spell as manager of West Ham and nearly guided Watford to promotion from the Championship in 2013. Was only recently appointed as manager of Serie A side Cagliari.
6/6 Chris Ramsey
The current caretaker manager appears to a be a likely candidate to remain in charge until the end of the season. Ramsey made 100 league appearances for Swindon Town and joined Rangers' coaching staff in November last year.
Both Ramsey and Sherwood had worked with Les Ferdinand, now QPR’s director of football, at Spurs. Sherwood had been in talks with QPR this week over the managerial role but withdrew on Tuesday having not received assurances over the club’s future. Rangers, who are looking for a head coach to work alongside Ferdinand, had also been linked with Michael Laudrup and Real Madrid assistant Neil Clement. It remains to be seen who they will approach in the summer, whichever league they are in.
Fernandes had claimed on Twitter on Tuesday that he had found his “dream manager”, although he said that the appointment could “take a while”.
Despite Tuesday’s win, Rangers are still just one place clear of the relegation zone, ahead of Aston Villa only on goal difference.
Ramsey’s next game in charge is another relegation six-pointer, away at Hull City a week tomorrow. QPR are currently one place and one point behind Hull.
Rangers captain Joey Barton was pleased with Ramsey’s appointment. “Good news on Chris Ramsey,” he tweeted. “Very good since he has come in. Got group back on track. Lots for us all to do now to keep club in the league.” Ramsey will have to make do without Dutch midfielder Leroy Fer for at least two months after he injured knee ligaments on Tuesday.
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