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The 3 most ideal candidates for the QPR manager’s job

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It looks set to be a busy summer ahead for Queens Park Rangers.

After a poor finish to their 2021/22 campaign, the R’s missed out on a play-off position and ended the season sitting 11th in the Championship standings.

As a result, Mark Warburton left the club following the conclusion of the campaign, along with several senior players.

The R’s first port of call this summer then, is appointing their next boss.

Here, we’ve discussed the three most ideal candidates for the position, all of which have been linked with the post at some point over the last few weeks.

Liam Manning

Another manager that was in the third-tier and fell short in the play-offs this campaign, Liam Manning is another good candidate for the QPR job.

Manning has been boss in the Belgian second tier, and League One, slowly working his way up and a move to a Championship club could be the next logical step in his career.

His MK Dons side were excellent in the third-tier this campaign, playing excellent football and missing out on automatic promotion by just a single point.

We have already seen one Championship club hire an up and coming young British coach this summer with Watford appointing Rob Edwards as their head coach. There is no reason that QPR could not go down a similar route.

Gareth Ainsworth

If the club wanted a more experienced candidate, one of the standouts for the role is current Wycombe Wanderers boss Gareth Ainsworth.

Ainsworth has done a fine job since taking over the Chairboys in 2012, winning two promotions, including one to the Championship in 2020.

Wycombe acquitted themselves well in the second-tier, too, despite relegation, and Ainsworth demonstrated that he was not out of his depth at that level.

After falling short in the play-offs with Wycombe this campaign, it could be the right time for Ainsworth to step away and seek pastures new.

The 49-year-old has earned the right to test himself at Championship level with an established second-tier club, and given that he spent seven years as a player at QPR, there might be no better place to do so.

Michael Beale

The latest name to be linked with the R’s managerial vacancy, Michael Beale may be a suitable candidate for the position.

Currently Aston Villa’s assistant manager under Steven Gerrard, Beale has built up a fine reputation as a coach in recent seasons, also working under the Liverpool legend at Scottish club Rangers.

By all accounts Beale is a fantastic football mind, and the 41-year-old is reportedly also being considered for the current managerial vacancy at Charlton Athletic.

Beale has never been head coach at senior level, having only done so in Chelsea’s and Liverpool’s youth setups, but if QPR are willing to take a risk with their next appointment, Michael Beale could certainly be one that has tremendous upside.


BJTC accredited MA Multimedia Journalism graduate. Freelance Football Writer for FLW.

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