Vital Football

Latest QPR News

Blog R - QPR Report On Managers

Blog R - QPR Report On Managers
As Rangers go in search of a new boss following the sacking of Iain Dowie, QPR Report takes a look at the managerial Merry-Go Round that surrounds the club.

BEING a Queen's Park Rangers (QPR) fan means never being surprised at what may come the way of QPR. As a QPR fan you've grown accustomed to disappointing results (especially in the Cups); sensationalist tabloid stories and shock developments on and off the field

So it was, once again, this past week when, after weeks of press gossip and messageboard rumours, Chairman Flavio Briatore axed Manager (Chief Coach) Iain Dowie. While the sacking was not exactly a shock; certainly its imminent timing hadn't been predicted or announced by either the media or by board posters ostensibly 'in the know.'

So now, after a brief hiatus, it's back to the QPR Managerial Merry-Go-Round: Already various names are being touted in the press. In many instances, it's a case of 'Round up the usual suspects' as names cited in previous job hunts are again mentioned. Primus inter pares in this list, The perennial Terry Venables who for the last two decades, has had his name touted as the potential 'next' QPR manager.

The announcement that Gareth Ainsworth would be the QPR Acting Manager (even though the ousted Iain Dowie had in fact been designated as First Team Coach) means that Ainsworth is QPR's 13th manager (four of them, including himself, caretaker managers) to manage the club in the 13 seasons since QPR`s relegation in 1996. 10 'permanent' managers in 12 years.

Almost (but not every) QPR Chairman has made his own contribution to this lamentable managerial record; although clearly some Chairmen are more impatient than others (or have made poor managerial selections). QPR fans need no reminding how many permanent and acting managers have come QPR's way since Ian Holloway was placed on 'Gardening Leave' just two-and-a-half years ago.

Since Alec Stock was (shamefully) ousted as QPR's manager almost exactly forty years ago, QPR managers have come and gone; come and gone, constituting some 25 in total. If Terry Venables were really to return - almost a quarter century after he abandoned QPR for Barcelona, QPR have seen 20 managers (including caretakers) 'guide' the club. QPR's longest-serving manager since Stock, was Ian Holloway's almost five years in charge before he was cast out. By QPR standards, with each passing day - and with each ensuing manager - Holloway's five year tenure looks more and more remarkable.

Just their very names conjure up memories: The optimism of their appointment followed by disillusionment and ultimately, departure. Alec Stock, Bill Dodgin, Tommy Docherty, Les Allen, Gordon Jago, Dave Sexton, Frank Sibley, Steve Burtenshaw, Tommy Docherty, Terry Venables, Gordon Jago, Alan Mullery, Jim Smith, Terry Francis, Don Howe, Gerry Francis, Ray Wilkins, Stuart Houston, Ray Harford, Gerry Francis, Ian Holloway, Gary Waddock, John Gregory, Luigi De Canio, Iain Dowie. And whoever is the next manager or scapegoat. (And this list does not include the Acting Managerships of Iain Dowie, John Hollins, Mick Harford, the repeated turns of Frank Sibley, and now Gareth Ainsworth)

All too often, QPR managerial appointments end in grief. Only rarely have QPR managers left QPR for better things or left relatively amicably: Venables went off to Barcelona. Sexton left for Manchester United (after initially having seemed aimed for Arsenal). Gerry Francis, the first time, went off to Spurs (but that was in part a result of a Chairman-Manager dispute). Jim Smith was permitted to move to Newcastle (a lateral move). And Luigi De Canio had a departure shrouded in mystery.

On the bright side: For any QPR fans unhappy with QPR's next managerial appointment, this note: Don't fret. He probably won't be QPR manager for too long!

Many thanks to QPR Report

QPR Report operates the popular QPR Report site as well as the recently-launched QPR Report Message Board.

We want to know YOUR thoughts!

To have your say you can comment in the space provided below, or chat about it on the forum.

TOP STORIES

Ex-R Back In The Championship.

Ainsworth - Get Behind Us!.

Man of the Match - Mikele Leigertwood.


Image Hosted by ImageShack.us

Writer:Boxer
Date:Tuesday October 28 2008
Time: 7:53AM

Login to post a comment

Recent Queens Park Rangers Articles

Are Players Set For A Football Exit?

With the country narrowly voting to leave the European Union in Thursday's Referendum, there are certainly plenty of real questions that have to be addressed in terms...

QPR Season in Review - January

RYAN Forrester continues his run-down of the 2015/16 season - with Hasselbaink making his additions

Midfielder Pens QPR Deal

QUEENS Park Rangers have secured the services of midfielder Ariel Borysiuk

QPR Draw Swindon Town

QUEENS Park Rangers have drawn Swindon Town in the EFL Cup First Round

Archived Vital QPR Articles

Vital QPR articles from

Site Journalists

Boxer
Editor email
Profile
sandydl
no email
Profile
Superhoop50
no email
Profile
danielqpr
no email
Profile
JackSupple
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

MotM v Bristol City
Suggested By:
Ingram15%
Onuoha1%
Hall0%
Hill11%
Kpekawa1%
Gladwin1%
Henry15%
Faurlin52%
El-Khayati0%
Chery1%
Washington2%
Hoilett0%
Petrasso0%
Polter1%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Burnley 46 26 15 5 93 37
P Middlesbrough 46 26 11 9 89 32
3 Brighton 46 24 17 5 89 30
4 Hull City 46 24 11 11 83 34
5 Derby County 46 21 15 10 78 23
6 Sheff Wed 46 19 17 10 74 21
7 Ipswich 46 18 15 13 69 2
8 Cardiff 46 17 17 12 68 5
9 Brentford 46 19 8 19 65 5
10 Birmingham 46 16 15 15 63 4
11 Preston 46 15 17 14 62 0
12 Q.P.R. 46 14 18 14 60 0
13 Leeds Utd 46 14 17 15 59 -8
14 Wolves 46 14 16 16 58 -5
15 Blackburn 46 13 16 17 55 0
16 Forest 46 13 16 17 55 -4
17 Reading 46 13 13 20 52 -7
18 Bristol City 46 13 13 20 52 -17
19 Huddersfield 46 13 12 21 51 -11
20 Fulham 46 12 15 19 51 -13
21 Rotherham 46 13 10 23 49 -18
R Charlton 46 9 13 24 40 -40
R MK Dons 46 9 12 25 39 -30
R Bolton 46 5 15 26 30 -40
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Queens Park Rangers Results (view all)

Queens Park Rangers Fixtures (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.M Os2
2.Vexillarius_QPR1
3.rodneeranger1
4.QPR4Me1
5.dustman1