Monday 19 March 2018

Fernandes seeking passionate coach

Tony Fernandes has revealed his criteria for the next manager of QPR
Tony Fernandes has revealed his criteria for the next manager of QPR

Owner Tony Fernandes wants to appoint a manager who is passionate about QPR as successor to Harry Redknapp.

Tim Sherwood is favourite to succeed Redknapp, who resigned on Tuesday, with the former Tottenham coach's chances seemingly increasing after Les Ferdinand was appointed director of football in a restructuring of the coaching staff.

Redknapp cited the need for immediate knee surgery as the reason for his departure, but rumours abound of conflict over transfers, while QPR's struggles include the failure to secure a single point from 11 matches away from home this term.

Real Madrid assistant boss Paul Clement and former England boss Steve McClaren, who had a short spell at Loftus Road before being appointed Derby manager, could also be attractive options for Fernandes, who will listen to the fans' opinions.

"We the board will hire someone who cares, thinks long term, wants to be involved in developing the academy, has coaching skills, will play young players and is a winner," Fernandes wrote on Twitter.

"The names that fans are mentioning to me are names that we are going to consider. I would say 3 interview will e (sic) done. All fan feedback has been taken in."

Ferdinand, who returned to Loftus Road last October as head of football operations, was on Wednesday named QPR director of football as part of a coaching restructuring in the wake of Redknapp's resignation.

It was also confirmed officially that Glenn Hoddle and Joe Jordan had followed Redknapp in leaving Loftus Road.

Fernandes added: "I want to thank harry for all he's done and being gracious in his words about the club. And Glenn and Joe.

"Our players have sent me many positive messages and are ready for the fight. That strong spirt (sic) is immense for me. Come on you rsss."

It remains to be seen if an appointment will be made in time for Saturday's match at home to Southampton, with Ferdinand currently in caretaker charge of the first team alongside Chris Ramsey and Kevin Bond.

The restructuring, with Ferdinand's role redefined to take responsibility for the whole football department, could mean a head coach is sought after, rather than a manager.

That, coupled with Derby's upward trajectory, could see McClaren rule himself out of contention.

Ferdinand is likely to have a say in the appointment, boosting Sherwood's chances of a return following his departure from White Hart Lane last May. Ferdinand and Ramsey worked with Sherwood at Tottenham.

He was linked with roles at Norwich, Brighton, West Brom and Crystal Palace, but the familiar faces at QPR suggest it is a strong fit for the former midfielder, who won the Premier League title with Blackburn but would have to get his head around a survival fight with Rangers 19th in the table.

Ferdinand has "already made significant improvements to the footballing philosophy of the club since his return - and the board are now keen for him to have more of a hands-on role at all levels, particularly in the field of recruitment, working closely with the first team," QPR said in a statement.

Fernandes told "Les bleeds blue and white and working closely with the first team and academy management, particularly in recruitment, he is going to play a key role in moving us forward over the coming months and years."

Fernandes has revealed changes to QPR's strategy were necessary and wants the club to nurture young talent, rather than buy in players.

He added: "I've had many messages from supporters, of all ages, who aren't - for one reason or another - satisfied with what's going on at QPR at the moment, but I can reassure all Rangers fans that we are putting the building blocks in place to move things in the right direction for the future.

"We've made a number of mistakes in the transfer market over the last few years and it's something we want to change.

"Premier League survival is our priority in the short term, but in the medium and long term we want to make sure everything is in place, from the academy upwards, to create a culture and philosophy within the club that QPR fans can be proud of."

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