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QPR should go for Neil Critchley over Mark Robins

QPR are still looking for a replacement for Michael Beale and the Hoops would do well to prioritise Neil Critchley over Mark Robins.

Following Beale’s move to Rangers last week, the Loftus Road outfit have been linked with a plethora of managers but are yet to decide on the next man to take charge, with time running out before the Championship’s resumption this weekend.

Given that QPR face table-toppers Burnley on Sunday, you would have hoped that they would have sped up the replacement process, but it seems as if the west London side are in no hurry to make a decision.

Two of the main names to be linked with the vacant post at Loftus Road are Critchley and Robins.

The former is a free agent after he was sacked alongside Steven Gerrard at Aston Villa earlier in the season, having swapped a managerial position at Blackpool for an assistant one in the Premier League.

Robins, meanwhile, has gained plaudits for his work with Coventry City, where he has led the Sky Blues from League Two to the Championship, despite a number of off-field issues during his tenure.

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Their current positions are the first reason why chief executive Lee Hoos should focus on appointing Critchley, as it will far easier from a financial perspective to get a deal done, as he will require no compensation, whereas Coventry would be well within their rights to demand a big fee for Robins, given that he signed a new contract there earlier this year.

Critchley’s one job in senior management returned a promotion at Blackpool, before he comfortably kept the Tangerines in the Championship the following season, averaging 1.52 points per game in his spell at Bloomfield Road.

This led captain Chris Maxwell to describe his managerial style as “second to none,” which emphasises the respect he has from the players he has managed in his career thus far.

This, again, gives him the edge over Robins, who has averaged 1.49 points per game in his time with Coventry City, albeit across a significantly longer period in charge.

Finally, at 44, Critchley is also eight years younger than Robins, and also has connections in the Premier League thanks to his work with Villa and Liverpool in the past.

Therefore, Hoos should forget about hiring Robins and bring Critchley to Loftus Road as soon as possible, in the hope that he can get the Hoops’ promotion charge back on track. Should he do so, Loftus Road would be rocking once again.