Tuesday 25 October 2016

By Nick Purewal, Press Association Sport

By Nick Purewal, Press Association Sport

Chris Ramsey has admitted he is still waiting for QPR to tell him whether he will lead the club's fight for another quick-fire Premier League return.

Ramsey believes he has "a good chance" of securing the long-term job at QPR, but conceded "I'm still looking for that postman every morning."

Ramsey's short-term contract will expire at the end of the season, with the 53-year-old urging QPR to move quickly on plans for next year's Championship campaign.

"I think I've got a good chance of getting the job, but things change," said Ramsey.

"I can't be sure of course until the contract's signed, until everything's finalised."

Ramsey led QPR to a 2-1 victory over Newcastle on Saturday in their last Premier League clash at Loftus Road before dropping back down to the Championship.

Rangers will complete their top-flight schedule with a trip to Leicester City next weekend, before turning full attention to matters of personnel.

Allied to Ramsey's managerial situation, QPR must also clarify the futures of in-demand stars like Charlie Austin.

QPR director of football Les Ferdinand put a £20million price tag on 17-goal hitman Austin before Saturday's Newcastle clash.

Liverpool, Southampton and Newcastle are all monitoring the 25-year-old's situation after an impressive debut top-flight season.

Rangers will have to trim their wage bill and unload some high-earning stars too, before dropping back to the Championship, and Ramsey believes time will be tight to build a competitive squad for next season.

"Hopefully I'll get the job and hopefully I'll spend the summer planning for next season," said Ramsey.

"It's going to be a short close-season this year, probably only four-and-a-half to five weeks.

"And to recruit your playing staff over that time is going to be very intense and very important."


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