Harry Redknapp resigned Queens Park Rangers managerial position on Tuesday, after an alleged falling out with chairman Tony Fernandes over transferless January window, stating:
“I was awake all night, thinking about it. I’m struggling so badly now. I can’t walk, I can barely stand and watch. I’m in pain all the time. I’ve been putting it off, and putting it off, but it has got to the stage where I cannot do the job.”
QPR have since then drawn up a shortlist of candidates for the vacant position with Tim Sherwood, Paul Clement and Steve McClaren all listed. Although it is said that Sherwood has the biggest chances to succeed Redknapp, Fernandes has stated he is yet to speak to all three candidates.
The west London club will be looking to move away to Premier League safety zone, but it is most probable no appointment will be made before the Saturday’s clash with Southampton, where coaches Bond and Ramsey will be looking to grab a win after seven winless matches.
Sherwood had come close to taking jobs at WBA and Palace since leaving Tottenham Hotspur last summer and he may take up saving the season for QPR. Fernandes did emphasize he is looking for long-term plans and certainly will check whether McClaren or Clement would take up the managerial position too.
Tim Sherwood, during his time in Tottenham Hotspur
While McClaren has spent time on Redknapp’s coaching staff last season, bonding and impressing the squad, he already stated his commitment to County, making chances of returning to Loftus Road rather slim. Clement on the other hand has worked under Carlo Ancelotti at Chelsea, Paris St Germain and Real Madrid and has made no secret of his desire to move into management back in England. However, would he change the inspiring Real Madrid for 19th QPR, remains a big doubt.
Fernandes stated on Twitter that :
“We, the board, will hire someone who cares, thinks long-term, wants to be involved in developing the academy, has coaching skills, will play young players and is a winner.”
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