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.”
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.
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.
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.”