Queens Park Rangers have not always had a great record in the transfer market, particularly during their Premier League days.
One deal that didn’t work out, although many thought it would at the time, was Chris Samba who arrived from Anzhi. The dominant defender had proven himself in England with Blackburn earlier in his career and he was expected to play a key role in trying to keep the R’s in the top-flight.
As the fans will remember, that didn’t go to plan, as the Londoners were relegated and Samba was less than impressive.
In truth, that was the start of the decline of the centre-back’s career. He would go on to make around 60 league appearances in the next five years which included spells with Dynamo Moscow, Panathinaikos and Aston Villa.
Since hanging up his boots in 2018, the former Congo international has decided to stay in the game.
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Samba’s Instagram confirms that he is now TV pundit working on games, but his big aim remains to be a manager. He has spoken openly about his desire to make it at a high level as a coach, and he is working on his badges as he seeks opportunities in the game moving forward.
At 37, the ex-Hertha Berlin man has plenty of time to make his mark as a boss and it will be interesting to see how his coaching career develops in the years to come.
Whilst things didn’t work out for Samba at QPR, he could yet come across the R’s again if he does land a job in England at some point.
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