If Queens Park Rangers decide to dismiss Harry Redknapp, it is believed they have lined up Tim Sherwood as his replacement.
Having succeeded Mark Hughes as Loftus Road boss in November 2012, Redknapp was unable to save the capital club from dropping into the Championship. However, he returned them to the top-flight at the first time of asking, albeit somewhat fortuitously when they defeated Derby County in the playoff final at Wembley.
But their return to the elite has thus far been anything but smooth, with a 2-0 defeat at West Ham United being their fifth reverse of the campaign from the opening seven round of fixtures. This result leaves them propping up the rest of the division, although it remains too early to write off their chances of avoiding another relegation.
Whilst it is understood Redknapp is no immediate danger of losing his job, QPR owner Tony Fernandes has not hesitated in the past to sack managers in mid-season, with Neil Warnock issued with his P45 in January 2012 and Hughes 10 months later. And the 67-year-old’s reluctance to discuss a new contract, as he enters the final months of his current deal, has also caused concern amongst the board.
According to The Independent, club officials have already identified Sherwood as their next head coach, should they decide to part company with Redknapp. The 45-year-old is ready to return to management following his five-month spell in charge of Tottenham Hotspur, which came to an inevitable end at close of last season.
The former Blackburn Rovers captain was heavily linked with Crystal Palace and West Bromwich Albion during the summer, but couldn’t reach an agreement with either. Although he failed to win over a large number of Spurs fans upon succeeding Andre Villas-Boas in December, his win percentage of 59 percent in the league is the best of any boss at White Hart Lane for more than two decades.
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