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QPR: Wilder could fix big Beale issues

Time is running out for Queens Park Rangers to appoint a new manager ahead of the Championship’s resumption this weekend but Chris Wilder could be the man to right Michael Beale’s wrongs.

The Hoops are currently managerless after Beale made the move to old club Rangers last week and with a game against table-toppers Burnley to come at the weekend, it is looking increasingly likely that QPR will be without a permanent manager for that game.

One man who has been linked with the vacant post at Loftus Road is former Northampton Town, Sheffield United and Middlesbrough manager, Chris Wilder.

The 55-year-old is currently out of work after being sacked by Middlesbrough earlier in the season, but his previous jobs in management suggest that he could a huge hit at QPR.

After leading Northampton to the League Two title, Wilder won League One with Sheffield United the following season, before taking them to the dizzy heights of the Premier League in his third season with the club.

He would enjoy a hugely successful first season in the top flight with the Blades but was harshly sacked when things went sour the following season, but is still highly regarded for the work he did at Bramall Lane.

Steve McClaren was full of praise for the job Wilder did at Sheffield United saying:

“And what he’s doing, he’s getting 100 per cent – it’s phenomenal – (first) in the Championship and now in the Premier League.”

Sheffield United’s promotion season from the Championship saw them combine a dangerous attack with a rock-solid defence, and Wilder would surely be aiming to implement the same combination at Loftus Road.

The Blades were only outscored by three teams in the 2018/19 season, while they had the joint-best defensive record in the division, so it is easy to see why they were able to go up automatically.

Despite their strong current standing in the Championship, which sees them sit sixth in the second tier after Millwall’s heavy defeat on Saturday, QPR’s wins have often come from a narrow margin this season.

The Hoops have been outscored by eight teams, and have conceded more than ten sides, which suggests that their place in the playoffs is simply not sustainable unless changes are made.

Therefore, if Wilder does arrive as Beale’s replacement, he will have to implement a tactic which sees QPR become far more dangerous going forwards and far less susceptible at the back, something which he has proven he can do in his previous spell with Sheffield United.

QPR must look to make him their man, sooner rather than later.