EXCLUSIVE: QPR still exploring alternatives to Appleton and Sherwood

Tuesday, April 9th, 2019 4:57pm

By Johnny Burrow @JohnnyBurrow

Queen's Park Rangers have still not settled on a new manager despite reported talks with Michael Appleton and Tim Sherwood, Love Sport has learned.

Steve McClaren was sacked last week after a run of just one win in 15 league games and they were beaten 4-0 by Championship leaders Norwich at the weekend under the stewardship of John Eustace.

Sherwood was installed as an early favourite to take over but former Oxford United boss Appleton is said to be in talks with the club as well.

However, Love Sport understands that QPR are still conducting interviews for the job with a number of high-profile ex-Rangers being considered.

The bookies still have Appleton and Sherwood listed as the front-runners along with Gareth Ainsworth, Darren Moore and Mark Warburton.

But an internal appointment is also being considered as QPR look to keep an open mind going into a summer where chairman Tony Fernandes wants to slash an already below-average wage bill from £31million to £11million.

That number would likely be even lower if QPR were sucked into a relegation battle - they have slipped to 18th in the table and are just five points clear of the drop zone.

A managerial appointment could help them arrest that slide and former Hoops midfielder Gavin Mahon reckons they could do a lot worse than his former team-mate Ainsworth, who is currently in charge at League One side Wycombe.

“I think Gareth would be great for QPR because he is literally that motivational manager,” Mahon told Up Front with James Gray (weekdays 1pm-3.30pm).

“He gets everyone performing eight, nine or 10 out of 10. Commitment is what QPR need. 

“I was chatting to Sean Dyche the other week and his philosophy is that you’ve got to work hard and he wants his players to average 13 kilometres per game. Gareth is the same.

"He wants that attitude of being fit, organised and ready to go to war for each other, not just as a manager but the players themselves.

“If you get a group of players that buy into that, they will have success as long as there is a little bit of quality added too. That’s the makings of a good footballer and a good side.”

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