Wednesday 21 February 2018

Ramsey admits to torn loyalties

New QPR boss Chris Ramsey, right, worked closely with Tim Sherwood, left, during their time at Tottenham
New QPR boss Chris Ramsey, right, worked closely with Tim Sherwood, left, during their time at Tottenham

New QPR boss Chris Ramsey admits to torn loyalties after venturing into his own managerial career whilst long-term colleague Tim Sherwood took over at Aston Villa.

The pair worked side by side at Tottenham and Ramsey formed part of Sherwood's coaching staff after he was appointed as successor to Andre Villas-Boas in 2013 - with Les Ferdinand the final member of a team which had been operating as a trio for some time.

Sherwood left White Hart Lane last summer and was hopeful of landing another Premier League job which would allow him to take both Ramsey and Ferdinand along to continue their working relationship.

But the right opportunity never arose for Sherwood - with Ramsey and Ferdinand forming part of a new back-room structure at QPR instead. The latter would soon become director of football when Harry Redknapp stepped down and it was Ramsey who he turned to as the new manager.

Days later Sherwood landed the Aston Villa job as Ramsey, who takes his side to fellow strugglers Hull on Saturday, conceded it was a shame they had go their separate ways.

"Not really," he replied when asked if he had considered remaining as a loyal assistant to Sherwood.

"I'm here, Les has brought me here, You always get torn loyalties but when Les has shown a lot of faith in me by presenting me to the owners.

"You get torn because we worked together for the last five years developing something at Tottenham. It would have been nice for us all to stay together but football isn't like that.

"Tim knows I have a job in my own right and I know he will do a great job at Villa. We have spoken along the way and I'm really hoping things work out for him there.

"Because of the way things happened, Tim got the job after I was in the this post, it wasn't really a talking point at any stage."

Having lost all 11 away league fixtures with Redknapp at the helm, Ramsey guided the R's to a 2-0 win at Sunderland in just his second game in charge - the first a last-gasp loss to Southampton at Loftus Road.

Victory at the Stadium of Light lifted QPR out of the relegation zone and owner Tony Fernandes has said he would be "nuts" to replace Ramsey if he led the club to safety and that the job, beyond this season, is his for the taking after Fernandes initially said he had landed his "dream manager".

"I don't really read that much of the media," Ramsey said when asked about Fernandes' remarks.

"You get good and bad press and what you don't want to do is start worrying what people are saying about you in the paper.

"What he has said is a nice statement and it is the chance to have a very prestigious job for a long time if things go the way we want them to go.

"If it is me or anyone else I would just want what is best for the club. I really do have a long way to go to be a dream manager."

Ramsey's chances of picking up a second successive away win have been boosted by the news top goalscorer Charlie Austin is back in contention having missed the victory at Sunderland with a foot injury.

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