Next QPR manager: Steve McClaren laughs off being linked as Harry Redknapp replacement

Tim Sherwood is the preferred choice of the club's director of football, Les Ferdinand

The Derby County manager, Steve McClaren, has appeared to rule himself out of the running to take over at Queen’s Park Rangers by dismissing questions on whether he was interested in the vacant post.

Asked at his press conference if he would be willing to speak to the club about the job, McClaren said: “Shall we move on? Good try!

“I answered that [speculation] a few weeks ago, and it is the same answer now. Nothing changes. We laugh it off and move on quick. So let’s focus and concentrate on the job in hand which is trying to get Derby County into the Premier League.”

 

The Real Madrid assistant coach Paul Clement has also gone on record to say that he had “no intention” of  leaving the club midway through the season. Given that those two are the other candidates who had been considered by chairman Tony Fernandes – currently outside Britain on business unrelated to QPR – it leaves Tim Sherwood as the only available candidate.

The former Tottenham manager is the preferred choice of the club’s director of football, Les Ferdinand, with whom he worked at Spurs. The pair have also studied for their Uefa Pro License together at the Welsh Football Association. Nevertheless, Rangers are determined to look at more than one candidate in case terms cannot be agreed with Sherwood.

Academy coach Chris Ramsey will take the club’s press conference today and will be in caretaker charge alongside assistant manager Kevin Bond for tomorrow’s league game at home to Southampton.

It now looks unlikely that the new manager will be in the dugout in time for the match at Sunderland on Tuesday.

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Tim Sherwood and Les Ferdinand at Tottenham

QPR have not won a game since 20 December and Bond and Ramsey have to select a side from a first-team squad consisting largely of players out of contract in the summer, or the following year. The club’s first-choice goalkeeper Robert Green said that Harry Redknapp’s decision to quit as manager was a “shock”.

“It came as a surprise to everybody,” he said, adding about the future: “Football fans, and QPR supporters in particular, can be really galvanised during extreme circumstances. That could well be the case on Saturday. As a group of players, we have got to come out fighting. Hopefully the fans will take that on board and be with us.”

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