Belfast Telegraph

Ramsey hoping to secure QPR future

Chris Ramsey hopes to secure his long-term future as QPR boss this week.

The 53-year-old is hopeful he can sign a new Loftus Road contract before Rangers complete their Premier League campaign at Leicester on Sunday.

Ramsey believes he has "a good chance" of remaining at QPR despite the obvious uncertainty that follows Premier League relegation.

Asked if he hopes to have his future finalised this week, Ramsey said: "Yes, because it's either Blackpool or Barbados.

"I believe I am capable of doing the job.

"The club has to make sure it has longevity and do some long-term planning before we start thinking of the dizzy heights again.

"If we can recruit well though, who is to say we won't be straight back up next season?

"I think I've got a good chance of getting the job, but things change.

"I can't be sure of course until the contract's signed, until everything's finalised."

Ramsey led QPR to a 2-1 victory over Newcastle on Saturday in their last Premier League clash at Loftus Road before dropping back down to the Championship.

Allied to Ramsey's managerial situation, QPR must also clarify the futures of in-demand stars like Charlie Austin.

Director of football Les Ferdinand slapped a £20million price tag on 17-goal hitman Austin before Saturday's Newcastle clash.

Liverpool, Southampton and Newcastle are all monitoring the 25-year-old's situation after an impressive debut top-flight season.

Rangers will have to trim their wage bill and unload some high-earning stars too, before dropping back to the Championship, and Ramsey believes time will be tight to build a competitive squad for next season.

"Hopefully I'll get the job and hopefully I'll spend the summer planning for next season," said Ramsey.

"It's going to be a short close-season this year, probably only four-and-a-half to five weeks.

"And to recruit your playing staff over that time is going to be very intense and very important.

"The first thing next year is not to emulate the clubs who have been through the divisions and end up in League One or League Two.

"We don't want to do that.

"We want to make sure we are very sensible about how we plan."


From Belfast Telegraph