QPR next permanent manager odds
It has been a turbulent few years for Queens Park Rangers, who have been back and forth between the Premier League and the Championship.
The club have tried many methods, from heavy spending to slow progress, under various different managers since achieving promotion to the top flight back in 2010/11. Yet, so far, nothing seems to have worked, with the club achieving two promotions and two suffering two relegations in the five seasons that have followed.
Mark Hughes, Harry Redknapp, Chris Ramsey, Neil Warnock and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink have all tried to cement QPR’s place in the Premier League, yet all have so far failed. Ian Holloway is the latest man to add his name to the growing list of managers to have passed through the Loftus Road doors. Yet, there are already doubts about his ability to take the club to the next level.
The club undoubtedly brought in their new man with experience in mind. It has been 10 long years since Holloway’s first spell with the club came to an end and he has since bulked up his CV with the likes of Plymouth Argyle, Leicester City, Blackpool, Crystal Palace and Millway. Yet, since rejoining the club Holloway has admitted that he is struggling to keep up with the ever-changing game, which will have caused concern among the club’s board.
Should Holloway’s reign prove to be a catastrophe, the club should look to a promising manager with a different kind of experience - Paul Clement. The Englishman has little managerial experience, with his short time at Derby County the only top job on his CV to date. However, Clement has spent much of his career working as assistant manager to famed Italian boss Carlo Ancelotti.
The pair met when the three-time Champions League winning manager took the reigns at Chelsea back in 2009, and they have spent very little time apart since, having worked together at Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich in the years that followed.
Ancelotti’s guidance, coupled with a varied wealth of football knowledge from England, France, Spain and Germany, will have shaped Clement into a great manager. His time at Derby was lacklustre, but his first steps into management were always going to be tough. If given the chance, he could prove to be a big hit at QPR.
If QPR would prefer to go with the safer option, former Tottenham Hotspur man Tim Sherwood would be the ideal choice. Sherwood was linked with the job following Redknapp’s sacking back in 2015 and would be top of the list again if Holloway departs.
Sherwood’s management career has been disappointing so far, having been sacked by both Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa. Yet, Sherwood is good friends with Director of Football Les Ferdinand, who he played alongside at Tottenham Hotspur back in the late 1990s, which could improve his chances of landing the job.
QPR have failed to find a winning formula in what has been a difficult few years for the club. Struggling to make yet another assault on the top of the Championship table, they are no closer to cracking the code and if Holloway is unable to turn things around quickly he is likely to join the likes of Redknapp and Hasselbaink on the scrapheap. However, as their options begin to dwindle, it can only be a matter of time before they find the right man for the job.