Harry Redknapp has resigned from his role as Queens Park Rangers manager less than 24 hours after the club failed to land a single transfer target on deadline day.
Redknapp leaves the London club in a precarious position, with Rangers sitting in 19th in the Premier League table although they are just a point off 17th-placed Burnley.
While the transfer failings, which included a loan-move snub from Emmanuel Adebayor, are prominent in Redknapp’s exit, both he and the club have confirmed that the 67-year-old’s impending knee surgery is the reason behind his decision to step down.
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.
Rangers did make two signings in January, although the addition of Mauro Zarate from West Ham on loan has already been labelled a disaster. Zarate has only made one appearance for the club after coming off the bench in the 2-1 defeat to Burnley, and QPR attempted to terminate the loan deal and sign Matt Jarvis in his place only to be informed by the Premier League that they cannot take two players on loan from the same club in on transfer window.
Ryan Manning also signed for the club after a compensation deal was agreed with Galway, but Jordan Mutch departed the club just half-a-season after arriving from Cardiff City. The 23-year-old saw his brief time at Loftus Road hindered by a string of injuries, although he showed enough in his nine league appearances to suggest he could contribute to keeping QPR safe from relegation.
The club attempted a final day bid to take Adebayor on loan until the end of the season despite his £100,000-a-week wages, but the 30-year-old striker was reluctant to join the Loftus Road outfit and instead favour a move to West Ham, only for Spurs to pull the plug on any transfer.
The only other deals of the window saw youngsters Max Ehmer and Bruno Andrade join Gillingham and Stevenage on loan respectively, and club chairman Tony Fernandes cited the large number of signings QPR made in the summer as the reason for a lack of mid-season additions.
Rio Ferdinand arrived from Manchester United on a free transfer, but the club shelled out over £30m on players who on the face of things would add Premier League experience to the squad that secured promotion via the Championship Play-offs.
Both Steven Caulker and Leroy Fer joined in £8m deals from Cardiff and Norwich City respectively, while Sandro arrived from Redknapp’s former club Spurs in a £6m switch. Mutch set the club back a further £6m, while former Reading goalkeeper Alex McCarthy arrived for an undisclosed fee thought to be up to £6m.
Jack Robinson was brought in from Liverpool for around £1m, but was sent out on loan to Huddersfield.
January 2015 transfer:
Ins: Mauro Zarate (West Ham, loan), Ryan Manning (Galway, compensation)
Outs: Jordon Mutch (Crystal Palace, undisclosed), Max Ehmer (Gillingham, loan extension), Bruno Andrade (Stevenage, loan)
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