Newport County boss James Rowberry is said to have emerged as the top contender to take over the managerial vacancy at QPR, according to a report published by Football Insider.
The Lowdown: Warburton’s departure
Rangers have recently confirmed that Mark Warburton will be leaving the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium at the end of the season when his contract expires, following a disappointing season in the Championship, having missed out on a place in the play-offs.
The west London outfit are now said to be looking at potential candidates to replace the 59-year-old in a bid to aim for the top six next campaign, and after a new update, it seems as though the hierarchy may have already found the man that they have been searching for.
The Latest: Rangers identify Rowberry
A QPR source has revealed to Football Insider that the club want to appoint a head coach rather than a manager, and firmly believe that Rowberry ‘fits the bill’ of the profile that they want to take over the reins.
The Welshman is said to be ‘highly regarded’ within the football circles, after becoming one of the youngest ever coaches to achieve his pro licence through UEFA’s top qualification at the age of just 29.
He even held coaching courses for the likes of Marcel Desailly, David Ginola, Patrick Vieira, Jens Lehmann, Sol Campbell.
The Verdict: Ideal candidate
Now 37, Rowberry accepted his first solo managerial position when he joined the League Two Exiles back in 2021, and has previously worked under the likes of Mick McCarthy and Neil Warnock during his time on the coaching staff at Cardiff City.
The Hoops target initially managed to turn his Newport squad into promotion contenders, but ended up just falling short, having failed to secure a play-off place after suffering three losses in their last four games.
If Rowberry could create the same team spirit and fight at QPR then he could well be the right man to take on in the dugout, in the hope that Rangers will be making a serious push to make a return to the Premier League next season.
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