Ramsey to continue as QPR boss

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Published: Thursday 12th February 2015 by The News Editor

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Chris Ramsey will be appointed QPR manager until the end of the season, Press Association Sport understands.

Ramsey was placed in temporary charge following Harry Redknapp’s resignation last week and he led Rangers to their first away points of the campaign with a 2-0 win at Sunderland on Tuesday night.

QPR chairman Tony Fernandes has been suitably impressed to hand Ramsey the reins until the summer, when the situation is likely to be reviewed.

Fernandes said on Tuesday he was close to securing his “dream manager” but it is not clear if he was referring to Ramsey or another long-term successor.

Fernandes wrote on Twitter: “Think I have got my dream manager. Not what anyone thinks. Take a while. Still a bit to go but I’m very happy. Press all wrong.”

Former Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood had been widely expected to fill the vacancy while Derby manager Steve McClaren and Real Madrid assistant Paul Clement were also linked with the post.

Rangers midfielder Joey Barton threw his support behind Ramsey, tweeting on Thursday: “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.”

Ramsey was initially installed in a caretaker role, after being recommended to Fernandes by director of football Les Ferdinand.

Ferdinand brought Ramsey to Loftus Road as academy manager in October after the pair had previously enjoyed a close relationship working at Tottenham.

QPR lost 1-0 at home to Southampton on Saturday in Ramsey’s first game in charge but three days later beat Sunderland to climb out of the bottom three.

After the win, Fernandes tweeted: “We were organised today and players played for Chris. Haven’t smiled for a while. Thank you to all.”

Prior to the game at the Stadium of Light, Ramsey had declared his interest in taking the job full-time.

Ramsey said: “As a coach and someone who has gone the long route round, if I got offered the chance to manage a Premier League team I’d jump at the chance.”

Rangers are currently 17th in the table and above the relegation zone on goal difference with 13 games remaining.

Published: Thursday 12th February 2015 by The News Editor

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