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QPR considering Steve Morison

QPR will likely interview a number of potential manager candidates in the next week as they search for an heir to Michael Beale at Loftus Road, and they could find a top replacement in Steve Morison.

According to The Mirror‘s print edition [30th November, page 51], Morison is in the mix to take over after Beale made the move to Rangers earlier this week, although former Aston Villa assistant Neil Critchley is currently the favourite.

Morison is out of work after being sacked by Cardiff City in September after a disappointing start to the season which saw them lose five of their opening 10 games in the Championship this campaign, winning just three.

However, it was a decision that frustrated fans and players alike after the former Millwall striker had progressed a number of youth players into the first team, with the 39-year-old not afforded much time to turn the Bluebirds’ fortunes around.

Cardiff player Callum O’Dowda shared his disappointment in a press conference, saying:

“I’m disappointed. I felt we as players owed a lot to Steve Morison. He was the one that did it for me, he was the one that got it over the line.

“I need to be careful what I say, but I’m quite disappointed with it all. But I guess, that’s football.”

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He was clearly a popular figure in the Welsh capital and will no doubt be targeting a swift return to football management, and could even prove to be a Beale upgrade at Loftus Road.

Across Morison’s 45 games in charge of Cardiff, he would win 16, including a 2-1 win at Loftus Road in March, with a points-per-game average of 1.24, while Beale would average 1.41 points per game during his time with the Hoops.

However QPR’s squad, according to Transfermarkt, is worth £10m more than Cardiff’s squad, which suggests that Morison could do more with a better squad at his disposal, having arguably overachieved with the Welsh side.

Upon his appointment at the Cardiff City Stadium, chairman Vincent Tan said:

“I have been encouraged by the team’s improved performances over the past three games, with the adoption of a more attractive and progressive style of football.

“What’s more, I think that the excellent work done by Steve and Tom at U’23 level this season puts them in the very best position to help develop a talented crop of young players emerging at senior level.”

Considering QPR managed just one goal and one point in Beale’s last five games in charge, the prospect of hiring a manager who plays attractive and progressive football will surely be an exciting one for Hoops fans.