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Sunday, 26 October 2008

Who will be the next QPR manager?

Iain Dowie was given the push from Queens Park Rangers on Friday after just 15 games in charge. The former Charlton and Coventry City manager left the Rs ninth in the Championship, having achieved his best win percentage as a manager -53%. However, it was clear that life at Loftus Road wasn't rosy for the former West Ham United striker and rumours in the Press suggest that Dowie wasn't actually picking the team.

So now the search for QPR's fifth manager in 12 months begins and already there are some big names linked with the vacant position at the club. But who will replace Dowie in the QPR hot seat? I'm going to take a look at some of the early runners and riders in the race and give my assessment on them.

Terry Venables

The former Queens Park Rangers player and manager is one of the front runners to replace Dowie and his appointment would be well-received by the fans. His best spell as a manager came at QPR in the early 80s when he guided them back to the top flight, having won the Second Division title. He also led them to the FA Cup Final and back into European football with the club's highest league position since they finished runners-up in 1976. The former England and Spurs boss has been out of the game for the past five years, but I'm sure his motivational and man-management skills have not lost any of their appeal.

Darren Ferguson

If Sir Alex Ferguson's son can achieve a quarter of what the Manchester United boss has in the game then he will enjoy a great career. He's already tasted promotion with Peterborough United and is one of the most sought after young managers in the sport. But could a move to the Championship be a step too far for Ferguson junior? I'd be inclined to draw parallels with Paul Ince who also started at a lower league club and is currently in the top half of the Premiership with Blackburn Rovers. It would be a brave appointment but one that could turn out to be an inspired one.

Alan Curbishley

The former West Ham United boss left Upton Park earlier this season after players were allegedly being signed and sold without his prior consent. Quite how he would cope at Loftus Road where there are claims that Flavio Briatore is picking the team I don't know. The former Charlton boss knows the game inside out, but his biggest criticism from West Ham fans was that his style of football was not entertaining enough. QPR want to be in the top flight but I believe that they want to do it in some sort of style, so I don't think Curbishley is the right man.

Kevin Keegan

If you want QPR in the Premiership and you want to be entertained along the way then there is no better manager than the former Newcastle boss. Keegan, like Curbishley, walked out on the Toon in September, again claiming that his position was being undermined, and although it's claimed that he may return to St James' Park once the new owners are in place, there are no guarantees that he will. The former England boss plotted Newcastle's return to the top flight and did the same with Fulham before leaving to take over at England. Would he be tempted by a return to the capital? You never can tell with Keegan.

Gianluca Vialli

The former Chelsea ace was linked with the vacant post last year when John Gregory was sacked, but decided that the time wasn't right. Is this the time for him to return to the English game? Vialli, who won the FA Cup, League Cup, European Cup Winners' Cup and the Super Cup with Chelsea, has not been involved in management since leaving Watford in 2002 after just one season in charge. He has a big personality and is a lovable character, but could he succeed at Loftus Road? It would be a bit of a risk.

Roberto Mancini

The former Inter Milan and Lazio boss was recently linked with the manager's job at Upton Park but was overlooked by the West Ham United board in favour of fellow Italian Gianfranco Zola. Mancini has a history of winning silverware, as a player and as a manager, but it has been claimed that "he has no interest in managing in the Championship". We will have to wait and see if Briatore can persuade his compatriot to join him in west London.

Gus Poyet

The former Leeds United and Spurs coach is looking for a new job following Tottenham Hotspur's decision to sack Juande Ramos and he would be an excellent appointment, in my eyes. His enthusiasm for the game is extremely infectious, he likes his teams to play with style and panache and is very ambitious. I'm sure he would be a big hit with the QPR fans.

Kenny Jackett

The current Millwall boss spent three years at Loftus Road with Ian Holloway as the Rs returned to the Championship, but left in 2004 to take over at Swansea City. He currently has Millwall riding high in League One and would be a popular appointment with the fans. He knows the club inside out and obviously knows what QPR means to the fans, however, after failing to achieve success with former QPR old boy Dowie, I think Ecclestone and Briatore may well try another route this time round.

Personally, if I was in charge, I'd do everything in my power to get Keegan. I know he has a history of walking out on clubs but there is nobody better at getting the best out of players and achieving results. He would get the Rs back into the top flight for definite. Failing that I'd go for the safe hands of Terry Venables closely followed by Gus Poyet. But who would you like to see at Loftus Road? I'd love to hear from you.


george cowan QPR for ever

I personaly think that gareth ainsworth should be given the job after the display he made the players do against reading on saturday and he gets on with the players really well and he is so honest gareth ainsworth all the way

anthony adaway

as i understand its between sam alladyce,alan curbs, gus poyet,and el tel
personally i would like to see gus poyet


Wouldn't mind bringing Gigi DeCanio back

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