In this article, we take a look at who is it that QPR want as their new manager should their struggles in the Championship continue.
Their current boss is Mark Warburton, who hasn’t seen his side win a game of football since their 3-2 victory against Rotherham on the 24th of November.
Since then they have picked up three draws (vs Stoke, Wycombe and Norwich) and lost three (vs Brentford, Reading and Swansea).
The R’s should have returned to West London with three points against the Canaries on the 29th of December as Albert Adomah broke down the right and put a perfect low pass across the face of the Norwich goal which picked out Osayi-Samuel at the far post, but the attacker somehow managed to put it over the bar when it was easier to score. The game finished 1-1.
Norwich City head coach Daniel Farke told BBC Radio Norfolk:
“We deserved to win this game. It was a difficult game against a brave side who dominate possession quite often, even in games against the top teams.
“We knew that we had to be fully switched on today, I think we played a more than solid first half, high intensity game, we controlled everything.
“We scored a brilliant team goal, a great pass from Teemu and a great goal from Todd, but it was disallowed, I’ve watched it back and I think it’s clear.”
QPR manager Mark Warburton told BBC Radio London:
“Every point’s really important. It’s a tough place to come, you have to withstand some pressure, you have to be resolute, you have to defend in shape, get first contact and then you have to be dangerous, you have to pose a threat. We did that.
“It was a very poor decision for the penalty, a shocking decision, which we’ve had too many of this season. But they responded very well, showed real character, real quality, real desire, got the equaliser and in truth could have nicked it right at the death there with a huge chance.
“The players deserve a lot of credit, they stuck to the game plan and they worked tirelessly throughout 90 minutes.”
So with their form rather dismal and the club sitting 19th in the Championship table with 21 points from 22 games played, time to take a look at who is it that QPR want as their new manager if their struggles continue.
A report has emerged this weekend that the Loftus Road outfit want current Sky Sports pundit Tim Sherwood who is a close friend of Les Ferdinand.
The former Tottenham and Aston Villa boss has previously turned down other chances to go back into the dugout.
Sherwood has been out of football since a season at Swindon, where he was director of football but left when they were relegated.
Some had said that he showed some of his potential in his year long spell with Spurs, famously giving Harry Kane his big break and also talked Les Ferdinand into joining his team.
Sherwood had a bitter-sweet spell at Villa, which ended after he took them to the FA Cup final for the first time since 2000, coming from behind to defeat Liverpool 2–1 in their semi-final at Wembley but then went on to lose the final 4–0 to Arsenal. After losing six consecutive matches, including a 10-game win-less run which left the team 19th in the table, Sherwood was sacked on the 25th of October 2015.
Since then he has often appeared on various football shows, however friends say he is well up for a challenge if it was right and he could trust his bosses.
A major stumbling block could be his £1million-a-year pay demands, though, and he’d bring in Chris Ramsey and could form part of a new management team if Ferdinand can fund it.
It’s reported that they also trying to do a deal for Sheffield Wednesday striker Jordan Rhodes, who is a free agent in the summer and could leave this month.
Ferdinand will free up funds for a goalscorer and Rhodes has a proven record at the level.
Owls owner Dejphon Chansiri stopped him leaving before by asking for a big fee, but with his contract running out, it will be impossible to keep him at the club this time.
Mark Warburton said this weekend that he is keen to add to his squad, with a centre-back and midfielder his top priorities, expecting a busy transfer window.
“We’re looking at one or two to come in,” he confirmed.
“We’ve got to be shrewd in that market, as every club has to. Every club is facing the same financial pressure.
“Hopefully we can do our business. We’d like to freshen it up in one or two key areas.
“It’ll be a busy few weeks ahead, that’s for sure.”
Meanwhile, Warburton has called for the season to be paused because of the rise in Covid-19 infections.
He said: “We’re trying to fit an ordinary season into an extraordinary year.
“You’re seeing games called off at the very highest level at short notice now.
“I fear, looking at the numbers – 55,000 new infections and nigh-on a thousand deaths now in a 24-hour period – we are facing the crunch time.
“Do we have a circuit breaker? My belief is yes. That’s just my opinion.
“Would it have ramifications for the football programme? Absolutely. We’d have to adapt.
“But above all else the health and welfare of everyone has to be of paramount importance.”
Fans reacted after see who QPR want as their new manager should struggles continue…
Fucking hope not
— Dean Hunter (@dean_hunter17) January 3, 2021
I would like to see how he fairs at QPR. This guy is always talking S about Man United but has nothing to show for when managed Spurs. Smh…
— Harold (@Harold_Bosompem) January 3, 2021
If you knew that Mark Warburton replacement was going to be Tim Sherwood, would you stick or twist?
— Michael Cunningham (@Cunningham_M87) January 3, 2021
QPR apparently looking at Tim Sherwood to replace Warburton…. just fucking shoot me
— Iain Parris (@iainparris94) January 3, 2021