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Introducing: Gary Rowett as the next QPR manager

Introducing: Gary Rowett as the next QPR manager

With results showing no signs of improving at Loftus Road, the Queens Park Rangers hierarchy had to act, and they did just that by sacking Steve McClaren. 

The west London club are now on the lookout for a new manager with the likes of Tim Sherwood and Kenny Jackett said to be on their radar (Sky Sports).

And while the latter could be a very good long-term appointment, his current commitments to Portsmouth are likely to leave Tony Fernandes having to look elsewhere with Gary Rowett being a great alternative if so.

Rowett, too, has been linked with the current vacancy (Birmingham Live). And although things did not end well at his last gig with Stoke City, the 45-year-old still remains a good fit for the QPR job.

He did fantastic work at Burton Albion and Birmingham City, taking the latter from the foot of the Championship table, to the top half before having them stationed just outside the play-off spots.

There and at Derby County, where he was also able to mount a promotion challenge, Rowett proved to be a very flexible and astute coach.

From the perspective of QPR supporters, the sort of football the former Stoke boss would bring to Loftus Road is probably not what they want to see.

At his previous clubs, Rowett set his team up, in various formations, to be compact and sturdy. In essence, it was all about shape and discipline before breaking, rather than dominating possession and creating chances galore after winning the ball back high up the pitch.

That last part is probably what most fans, not just those at Loftus Road, want to see from their side in this day and age.

That, however, does not take anything away from Rowett’s methods, which have usually worked to a T, methods that could see QPR rise up the table next season if implemented by the man himself.

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