Queens Park Rangers recently appointed Chris Ramsey as manager until the rest of the season with chairman Tony Fernandes waiting to appoint a permanent boss. Harry Redknapp’s sudden resignation earlier this month left QPR’s season in a state of uncertainty, struggling at the bottom end of the Premier League table.
The ability of QPR’s next manager could very well depend of which division they are playing in next season but they can still attract high class names. Here are FOUR choices to be the next permanent manager at Loftus Road:
The 52-year-old was given the chance to stake his claim as the next permanent boss when he was appointed until the end of the season, last week. Ramsey was at Tottenham from 2004 until 2014, working with their academy setup, before taking charge of the Spurs developmental squad.
He spent time coaching the first team before leaving to join QPR in a similar developmental role that he was doing at Spurs. Ramsey made an instant impact as QPR manager, picking up the clubs first away points of the season with a 2-0 victory over Sunderland. With BBC Sport quoting Tony Fernandes as stating that Ramsey will be given the opportunity to be manager for “a very long time”, survival could very well lead to a full-time role for him.
Eddie Howe has turned his current side Bournemouth, from League Two strugglers to the brink of a very first Premier League adventure. Howe retired in 2007 after an injury hit career and took over at Bournemouth just a year later.
After keeping the club in the Football League after a 17 point deduction, he led the club to promotion the following season. He briefly left to join Burnley in January 2011 but came back to the Cherries a year and a half later. Howe won promotion straight away and now is on course to lead his club to the ‘promised land’. Arguably the brightest young manager in England at just 37, Howe is a manager that QPR should consider very strongly to take over on a full time basis, starting from next season.
The 63-year-old Italian has had an extremely accomplished managerial career to date. This includes managing the likes of Italian giants Juventus, Inter Milan and Roma. He had a spell at Chelsea from 2000-2004 before being harshly sacked despite leading the club to a second place finish and Champions League semi-final.
This is a trend for Ranieri who is arguably one of the most unluckiest managers around. Other than at Chelsea, he has been sacked straight after finish second at Juventus, Roma and Monaco. One blip in his career was only lasting four matches in charge of the Greek national side before getting the sack last November.
Despite all this, he has proven that he is a top manager, managing some of the biggest teams in Europe. With his vast knowledge and experience, he would be a great choice to be the next permanent QPR boss.
Laudrup was sacked by Swansea in February 2014 despite a fantastic job, which included League Cup glory a year earlier. This was the first major trophy in Swansea’s history and even a ninth place finish couldn’t save his job.
The 50-year-old Dane is currently managing Lekhwiya SC in Qatar but would surely be tempted in a return to England at the end of the season. Laudrup won trophies in his native Denmark and managed clubs in Spain and Russia over the years. He is a born winner with the pedigree to succeed again in England, and is exactly the type of manager to lead QPR to the next level.