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Monday 11 December 2017

Tim Sherwood favourite for QPR hot-seat after Harry's exit

Tim Sherwood
Tim Sherwood
Harry Redknapp has resigned as QPR manager

Owner Tony Fernandes wants to appoint a manager who is passionate about QPR as successor to Harry Redknapp.

Tim Sherwood is favourite to succeed Redknapp, who resigned on Tuesday, with the former Tottenham coach's chances seemingly increasing after Les Ferdinand was appointed director of football in a restructuring of the coaching staff.

Redknapp cited the need for immediate knee surgery as the reason for his departure, but rumours abound of conflict over transfers, while QPR's struggles include the failure to secure a single point from 11 matches away from home this term.

Real Madrid assistant boss Paul Clement and former England boss Steve McClaren, who had a short spell at Loftus Road before being appointed Derby manager, could also be attractive options for Fernandes, who will listen to the fans' opinions.

"We the board will hire someone who cares, thinks long term, wants to be involved in developing the academy, has coaching skills, will play young players and is a winner," Fernandes wrote on Twitter.

"The names that fans are mentioning to me are names that we are going to consider. I would say 3 interview will e (sic) done. All fan feedback has been taken in."

Ferdinand, who returned to Loftus Road last October as head of football operations, was on Wednesday named QPR director of football as part of a coaching restructuring in the wake of Redknapp's resignation.

It was also confirmed officially that Glenn Hoddle and Joe Jordan had followed Redknapp in leaving Loftus Road.

Fernandes added: "I want to thank harry for all he's done and being gracious in his words about the club. And Glenn and Joe.

"Our players have sent me many positive messages and are ready for the fight. That strong spirt (sic) is immense for me. Come on you rsss."

It remains to be seen if an appointment will be made in time for Saturday's match at home to Southampton, with Ferdinand currently in caretaker charge of the first team alongside Chris Ramsey and Kevin Bond.

The restructuring, with Ferdinand's role redefined to take responsibility for the whole football department, could mean a head coach is sought after, rather than a manager.

That, coupled with Derby's upward trajectory, could see McClaren rule himself out of contention.

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