Monday 24 October 2016

Chris Ramsey appointed QPR boss on a three-year deal

Published 19/05/2015 | 12:58

Chris Ramsey has been handed a deal at QPR until the end of the 2018 season
Chris Ramsey has been handed a deal at QPR until the end of the 2018 season

QPR have announced the permanent appointment of Chris Ramsey as head coach on a three-year contract.

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The 53-year-old took temporary charge of Rangers in February in the wake of Harry Redknapp's resignation, but he could not prevent their relegation from the Barclays Premier League.

Yet the Loftus Road hierarchy have been pleased with Ramsey's approach since taking the reins and have decided to retain him on a deal until the end of the 2018 season.

Chairman Tony Fernandes said: "When Chris took over the role we were already in a very difficult position, yet despite our relegation, we - as a board - have been impressed with the professionalism and attention to detail he has demonstrated since becoming head coach."

Fernandes has previously described Ramsey as his "dream manager" but, despite the chairman's stated confidence in his man, there remained much uncertainty over the position.

Rangers' relegation was confirmed after a humiliating 6-0 defeat at Manchester City earlier this month and it was suggested the club might want to move in a different direction when back in the Championship.

But Fernandes said: "He lives and breathes management and coaching, and I am sure he will flourish in this role, as we look to bounce back from this season's disappointments.

"This is a new start for us and one I am confident Chris will relish playing a major part in."

Ramsey himself had made no secret of his desire to stay on in the job and he was pleased to be entrusted with the task of rebuilding the side.

He said: "This is a fantastic opportunity for me and one I am tremendously excited about.

"I enjoyed my time in temporary charge, despite the way the season panned out, and now I'm looking forward to the challenge of helping rebuild this club over the coming years.

"I am fully aware of what this club means to its supporters and I intend to do everything possible to help build a QPR team they can be proud of."

A statement from QPR added that a further announcement concerning Ramsey's backroom staff would be made in due course.

The squad at Loftus Road is likely to undergo a major overhaul this summer but, with uncertainty over financial matters, this may not be a straightforward task.

Director of football Les Ferdinand believes Ramsey is the right man to oversee the changes.

Ferdinand, who worked with Ramsey at Tottenham, said: "His coaching methods and techniques are second to none and with an opportunity to work with new players going forward, he is the ideal candidate for the role in terms of our new philosophy of nurturing young talent and promoting from within.

"Rebuilding the club is our first target. If we can make an immediate return to the Premier League, then great, but we have to focus on re-establishing the traditions of QPR.

"That will take time, but in Chris we have a man who is relishing the challenge that lies ahead."

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