If anyone is going to save Queens Park Rangers, it’s going to be Chris Ramsey.
Originally placed in charge temporarily after the departure of Harry Redknapp, the 52-year-old has been given the secure job until the end of the season, according to reports all across England. They are all reporting that official confirmation will arrive in the next 24 hours.
It only took Ramsey one match to do what Harry Redknapp couldn’t in 11 games: get points away from Loftus Road. He did just that with a 2-0 victory at Sunderland this past weekend – his second game in charge and first on the road – which saw QPR pull out of the relegation zone on goal differential.
According to The Guardian, Ramsey has immediately earned the respect of the players on and off the playing field, a key component to management deciding to stick with him the rest of the way. The same report also notes that QPR was trying to appoint either former Spurs boss Tim Sherwood or Real Madrid assistant Paul Clement, but talks with Sherwood broke down and Clement publicly committed himself to Madrid for the rest of the year. Former Swansea manager Michael Laudrup, currently leading a Qatari club, also said he has no interest in the job.
Outspoken chairman Tony Fernandes stated yesterday on Twitter “[I] think I have got my dream manager” and that the “press [was] all wrong” but wouldn’t go into any more detail.
Ramsey was brought into the club back in October as the academy manager, and was given the caretaker position once Redknapp resigned two weeks ago citing knee problems and said he could not “give 100% to the job” and that it was “better for someone else to take over.”
With QPR in a relegation battle, they still have remaining fixtures at Manchester City and Liverpool as well as against London rivals Arsenal and Chelsea at Loftus Road. They also have an away date at fellow relegation-strapped Aston Villa, and finish the season away at current bottom-dwellers Leicester City in what could be a battle to avoid banishment to the Championship.