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QPR: Mark Robins could fix a glaring issue at Loftus Road

Queens Park Rangers are reportedly interested in appointing Mark Robins as Michael Beale’s successor and the Englishman could fix a glaring issue at Loftus Road.

While it might prove difficult to prise Robins away from the high-flying Sky Blues, reports certainly suggest that he is one of the main candidates to take over in west London, following Beale’s move to Glasgow Rangers last week.

Robins has taken Coventry from League Two to the Championship during his time at the club and it seems as if a remarkable journey to the Premier League could well be on the cards when you consider their start to the current campaign.

Journalist Richard Keys was full of praise for the job that the 52-year-old has done at Coventry earlier this year.

He said: “Robins is one of the brightest and best coaches outside the Premier League. He’s done an extraordinary job cleaning up a wasted decade inflicted by SISU.”

Despite seeing a number of games called off early in the season, Coventry currently sit 12th in the second tier ahead of this weekend’s fixtures.

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Ahead of the World Cup break, Robins’ side would impressively win each of their last four games without conceding a single goal, including a 2-0 triumph over QPR, and their superb defensive record is one of the main reasons behind their brilliant recent form.

Only Preston North End have kept more than Coventry’s 10 clean sheets this season, although it is the Sky Blues that boast the best clean sheet percentage in the league, having managed to keep the opposition out in more than half of their games.

Although QPR currently sit two points and six places above them in the second tier, the Rs have managed just five clean sheets in 21 league games this season – with only three teams keeping fewer – which suggests that defence is a key issue for the Hoops.

Therefore, if Robins were to arrive at Loftus Road, you would hope that he would look to amend this issue, as QPR have no chance of promotion if they keep conceding so many goals, with Sir Alex Ferguson perhaps putting it best when he said that “attack wins you games, defence wins you titles.”