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QPR among EFL clubs potentially appointing 49 year old as Ainsworth makes relegation claim

QPR are among a number of EFL clubs potentially appointing 49 year old Michael Reiziger as Gareth Ainsworth makes an honest relegation claim.

Reiziger is set to leave as Ajax coach at the end of the season when his current contract expires, sources have told Football Insider.

It is understood that Reiziger wants to progress into management and a number of Championship clubs have already registered interest in bringing him in ready for next season.

Reiziger previously worked alongside Erik ten Hag at Ajax and helped the club win three league titles.

In 2017, he was appointed to the reserve outfit and guided them to the title in his first year of joining the Dutch club.

Reiziger was also briefly an interim manager at Ajax after Marcel Keizer’s resignation, before he accepted the chance to become assistant manager.

Reiziger previously played for the likes of Ajax, AC Milan, Barcelona and Middlesbrough. It is believed that he is keen to return to English football, but this around as a manager.

After a promising start, QPR sat 2nd with 30 points from 16 matches, but after 40 matches, they find themselves in 21st with 42 points.

QPR now find themselves in the Championship relegation fight with fans plotting to protest over the running of the club.

QPR has won only one of their last 10 league fixtures, leaving them in 21st position in the Championship.

If QPR do replace Ainsworth by Reiziger, they understand that the Dutch coach will wait until next season before he can take over as manager.

Gareth Ainsworth meanwhile has called on his players to be ‘more of a team’ ahead of their Easter Monday clash at West Brom.

He said: “The boys need to be more of a team and we need a ‘digging-deep’ attitude to win games.

“The big thing for me is the mental side of these boys. There is a nervousness that I saw against Preston and I don’t want that creeping into them.

“They are good players, very good players and at one stage they were right at the top of this league. I want to get us back to beating any team.

“A win will come but right now it is about getting that win on the board.

“We came up short against Preston but we go to West Brom looking forward to it.

“We want to work on being more threatening going forward.

“I thought against Preston we did look quite threatening up to the final third but then there is no end product, no getting in behind, no shots on goal.

“We had one or two on Friday but not enough to worry their keeper. It has been a worry for quite a while and I need to make sure we look like we are going to score goals, we look like we are going to do things.

“At the moment it is tough and it is slim pickings for chances but I am looking forward to going to West Brom and seeing what we can do.

“Everyone seems to have us nailed on for relegation at the moment and we are bottom of the form guide but it is about time the boys turned that around,” he said.

“Everyone thinks we’re gone – let’s go out there and prove them wrong. That is the attitude I want.

“If fans want to vent, then vent at me. I will try to protect my players, that is part of my job.

“It is up to me to know which players aren’t giving their best if the fans are frustrated at that. But please be with us and stick with us.

“I understand the fans’ frustrations and I don’t have any issue with the supporters venting – that is being a football fan, that is what people do.

“It is hard to support a team when things aren’t going great but I really hope the fans who travel to West Brom will have something to cheer about.”

This is what fans are saying with QPR among EFL clubs potentially appointing 49 year old Michael Reiziger as Gareth Ainsworth makes a relegation claim…

@MainyJ10: I doubt he’ll want to coach in League One.

@cafc_h: Ainsworth lasted long then

@h_jc2001: We should be all over this #htafc

@jonahphillips_: The season is virtually over – I genuinely believe there’s nothing left to keep us up. No secret weapons/tactics to use. Why would they sack Ainsworth? It seemed to me like appointing GA was a step towards league 1, which, considering our form, is where we belong

@jackqpr02: This ain’t what we need rn

@issay68: Shame for Ainsworth

@sugardreamcake: Because the problem is ainsworth isn’t it?

@QPR22_: Another case of throwing the manager under the bus to save Ferdinands job

@MarkSte15662244: Changing managers every five minutes isn’t the answer. The whole club’s infrastructure needs to change

@SteveCo98401614: Brilliant. Yes. Because we’ve never tried being a manager’s first job before.

@dunners1980: Hahahaha… pure comedy. How much does he know about Morcombe, Lincoln & Accrington?

@MattM_9695: On the off chance, this is actually true this AGAIN proves how fucking SHIT Les Ferdinand has been. They have offered a combined 7 years worth of contracts to Critchley & Ainsworth, with the potential of them spending only a combined 6 months at the club 🤣🤣🤣 What a joke club

@Epn1882Chalet: Just another example of why Les and co shouldn’t be in charge of the club – seen all our tweets realised that GA the man now wants a new manager leaks source asses reaction of fans – repeat – repeat – them lot are wankers

@itisjbakes: I’d hate this to happen. I love Ainsworth he hasn’t even been given a chance in the job. He’s literally put out the best 11 we have on “paper” and we lost 2-0. Let him have a window ffs.

@atstephens92: Already 😭

@1972madmike32: #QPR Rumours already going around about Ajax coach for next season, this would not be a surprise as QPR did it to Ollie by getting Mclaren ! , unfair on coach’s that we’re told one thing and QPR do another. If QPR got in a proven manager like Pulis would we get safe !?

@pacificpaddy: Ajax to Shrewsbury away 😂

@CW_Wells_2000: The fact that there are already rumours that new manager might be on its way tells me that Ainsworth may well be gone at the of the season. Doesn’t excuse the other issues though. #QPR

@CamKirk263: I’d give him next season considering he is a proven league 1 manager. Let him get his type of players and see where we go, if by October/November we still haven’t improved, I’d let him go

@JordansStation: Stay with him I reckon and rebuild next season?

@BradleyAllen17: Doesn’t Matter who we have in charge we still gonna be piss poor so I don’t get why kept changing the manager and we lost like 7 before beale left so it was always on cards and our squad is not very good either

@jjhindieman: Of course the DOF and CEO would do this, if it meant saving their jobs for next season! #QPR

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