Caretaker Chris Ramsey given QPR job until end of the season
QPR, odds-on at 5/6 with Coral to be relegated, have appointed caretaker coach Chris Ramsey until the end of the season.
The Englishman, 52, who was in charge of the Hoops’ last Premier League 2-0 away victory over Sunderland, has now been handed the position by chairman Tony Fernandes. It is unclear, though, if he will keep the job beyond the summer.
Following that crucial win, Ramsey said: “If the job’s available and I’m the right man for the job, then I’ll do it.
“If not, I’ll stay as an employee – head of player development – for the club and continue to support the cause.”
Former Spurs boss Tim Sherwood, who Ramsey worked under, had been the odds-on favourite to be appointed manager at Loftus Road, but Fernandes played down those links.
“Still a bit to go but I’m very happy,” Fernandes previously wrote on Twitter. “Think I have got my dream manager. Not what anyone thinks. Press all wrong.”
When asked if he was the dream manager, Ramsey said responded by saying: “I’ve got a lot to do to be a dream manager.”
QPR’s move to appoint Ramsey comes after Harry Redknapp’s resignation form the club, and one current player has already praised the decision.
Midfielder Joey Barton posted on Twitter: “Good news also on Chris Ramsey. V good since he has come in. Got group back on track. Lots for us all to do now to keep club in the league.”
The Hoops are currently in 17th place in the Premier League, after previously being the drop zone under Redknapp following a seven-match run without a win in the top flight, five of them being losses.
However, their win over the Black Cats puts them above Aston Villa, Burnley and Leicester City now in the table. QPR are now odds-on at 5/6 to stay up, while they are a more enticing 9/2 to finish bottom.
Along with Sherwood, Les Ferdinand and Glenn Hoddle were also linked with the position.