Millwall manager Gary Rowett has strongly denied claims that he is in the running to be the next QPR boss after the departure of Mark Warburton.
The Lowdown: Multiple rumoured candidates
It was confirmed just last month that he would be leaving the club following the conclusion of the current season on completion of his contract, which now means that the search to find a suitable replacement is on ahead of the start of the new campaign.
Several names have been linked to the job over the last few weeks, including MK Dons boss Liam Manning and more recently former Southend United coach Sol Campbell, but someone who was briefly mentioned as a favourite for the role was Lions manager Rowett.
The Latest: Rowett rules out QPR move
Speaking during an interview with NewsAtDen, however, the 48-year-old has firmly put those rumours to bed.
When asked about the links to the QPR vacancy, Rowett said: “I don’t read that sort of speculation.
“I was told once I was 1/5 for a job and I hadn’t even spoken to the club.
“It just shows you a lot of these things are generated…and I think if you end up having to come out and almost defend yourself on a rumour that’s got no substance, you’d be doing it quite a lot.
“I’ve worked incredibly hard for three years. My focus is on trying to make the team better and trying to push forward and finish higher up the table.
“The rest is not really important to me.”
The Verdict: Better off staying put
This season alone, the Lions only suffered 15 defeats out of a possible 50 with the former defender in the dugout, an impressive record that saw them just miss out on a place in the top six.
Whilst the QPR job would surely be an attractive proposition, the fact that Rowett managed to guide his team to a higher league table finish this term in comparison to Rangers could mean that he would be better off staying put where he’s already built his own squad, rather than having to spend time reassembling a team in the hope that they make the playoffs next year.
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