Saturday 18 November 2017

Ramsey backed for full-time role

Chris Ramsey is in prime position to land the QPR manager's job full-time
Chris Ramsey is in prime position to land the QPR manager's job full-time

QPR chairman Tony Fernandes has claimed he would be "nuts" not to make Chris Ramsey full-time manager if the club avoid relegation.

Fernandes says the job is caretaker boss Ramsey's for the taking, even above his supposed "dream" candidate.

Ramsey took over the Barclays Premier League strugglers following the departure of Harry Redknapp this month and has now been appointed until the end of the season after talks with other parties yielded nothing.

Fernandes told Sky Sports News: "If someone keeps us up now we'd be nuts to change him.

"But even if we don't stay up, and we have to be real about it, I think Chris could still be the man that takes us to the promised land."

Prior to Ramsey's appointment for the rest of the season, Fernandes tweeted that he believed he had found his "dream manager".

Tim Sherwood - now at Aston Villa - and Michael Laudrup were both heavily linked with the Loftus Road post but nothing materialised.

Fernandes said: "It wasn't a make-belief Tony Fernandes tweet. It was someone I was very keen on. Things conspired that in the end we felt we'd go with Chris."

He added: "We spoke to about five people and no one felt right at the time.

"One person did - and he's someone I still believe would be a dream manager for QPR - but when you've got someone like Chris Ramsey, I think the job is his for the taking."

QPR are 17th in the Premier League and outside the relegation zone only on goal difference but Ramsey oversaw their first away win of the season - at Sunderland - last week.

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