Chris Ramsey hopes to remain in charge of Queens Park Rangers next season, in which they will be involved in Championship football.
Rangers clinched promotion to the Premier League via the playoffs last May, but have been fighting against relegation for much of the current campaign. Harry Redknapp resigned his position as manager in February of this year with the capital club second-bottom of the table, and Ramsey was promoted from assistant to become his successor for the remainder of the season.
However, the 54-year-old has been unable to improve the fortunes of the Loftus Road club, having won just two of the 13 matches in charge and suffering nine defeats in this time. The latest of these was a crushing 6-0 loss at the home of the dethroned champions Manchester City, a result which condemns QPR to relegation to the second-tier with two matches left to play.
This demotion will undoubtedly raise question marks over a number of their players, some of whom were also on board when they last suffered the same drop in 2012/13. And it also casts a doubt over the future of Ramsey, who has wasted little time in stating his intentions to remain at the club as manager for the long-term although he admits he has no idea what his future holds.
“I don’t know about my position,” he said. “The club will make an announcement at the end of a season. I am hoping they will make a positive decision towards me. I want to help them in their long-term plans. As we know a lot changes in football so you don’t know where you will be. It is well documented about our wage bill. From a financial point of view, the club is in a position to readjust its finances and have a more realistic wage bill for where we will be, which is the Championship.”
Should Tony Fernandes decide Ramsey is not the man to lead QPR’s bid for an automatic promotion next season, it has been reported in some quarters that he could make an audacious move for Sam Allardyce. Out of contract at West Ham United this summer, the experienced 60-year-old could be available should the Upton Park club decide not to extend his stay.
Is Chris Ramsey the right man to lead Queens Park Rangers back into the Premier League, or would someone like Sam Allardyce be the better option?