By Dave Smith
CHRIS Ramsey was relieved of his first team duties at QPR with immediate effect …‘in the best interests of the club’.
The irony of a situation we have seen so many times in the past is that few people, if any, had the ‘best interests of the club’ at heart more than Ramsey.
Typically, the knee-jerk reaction comes into play, and Ramsey paid the price.
Ramsey, 53, leaves his position as Head Coach following Tuesday night’s 1-0 defeat to Derby County, a result which left the R’s in 13th place in the Sky Bet Championship.
Not exactly a dire situation, but not an ideal one either for a club thinking bigger than they actually are.
Director of Football, Les Ferdinand, told www.qpr.co.uk: “We’ve made this decision in the best interests of the football club.
“It’s no secret that we expected to sell some key players in the summer transfer window, and as such, our target at the start of the season reflected that.
“However, keeping these players at the club has seen the mandate change, owing to what we believe this squad is capable of.
“We’re all desperately disappointed it hasn’t worked out with Chris. He has had to deal with this shift in expectation and has worked incredibly hard in doing so.”
The club will undergo an immediate recruitment process as the search gets underway for a new Head Coach.
In the interim period, Neil Warnock will take temporary charge of First Team affairs.
He has since been at Leeds and Crystal Palace, but returned to Loftus Road to work as an adviser to Ramsey last month.
Warnock’s first game will come at home to Preston on Saturday.