Chris Ramsey is the new man in charge of Queens Park Rangers.
The 53-year-old has been in charge of the R’s on a temporary basis since Harry Redknapp walked out in February with QPR struggling in the relegation zone and although Ramsey has been unable to secure Premier League safety, he has been given the reins until the summer of 2018.
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Ramsey’s remit will be to get back to the original ethos of QPR and to develop young talent capable of playing in the first team.
With over 10 veteran players out of contract this summer, it’s a clean slate at QPR and Ramsey is excited about the challenge ahead.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for me and one I am tremendously excited about,” Ramsey said. “I enjoyed my time in temporary charge, despite the way the season panned out, and now I’m looking forward to the challenge of helping rebuild this club over the coming years. I am fully aware of what this club means to its supporters and I intend to do everything possible to help build a QPR team they can be proud of.”
Along with Director of Football Les Ferdinand, their first challenge will be to get QPR straight back into the Premier League after their relegation to the Championship was confirmed last week. The R’s have become a “yo-yo club” in recent season with two promotions and two demotions in five seasons. Many would question whether the man QPR were relegated with should be in charge of getting them promoted next season. Why not start with a clean slate with new coaching staff? In Ramsey’s defense, QPR were a sinking ship long before he took charge.
The west London club are extremely ambitious and driven by the extraordinary wealth of Tony Fernandes and other owners, they are likely to be hit with a $75 million fine this summer for breaching the Football League’s Financial Fair Play rules.
For over seven years the R’s have been throwing money at veteran players and paying extortionately high wages for a club who get 18,000 to their home games at Loftus Road. Now, it’s time to change their tact and with Ramsey’s previous experience of working as the Head of Player Development with Tottenham Hotspur for over 10 years, he is the ideal man to bring through QPR’s promising batch of youngsters and bring sustainability back to the club.
Everyone wants to be in the PL but building a successful club and focusing on ways to bring long-term success are often overlooked. QPR have focused on the short-term model of success for too long and relegation will now give them a chance to rebuild with Ramsey leading the way.