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New contender for QPR manager’s job emerges

Charlton boss Lee Bowyer is a contender for the QPR manager’s job, according to the Evening Standard.

The Standard say Bowyer has been sounded out following the sacking of Steve McClaren, who was dismissed by Rangers on Monday.

It comes after The Times reported that Tim Sherwood has doubts about taking the job because of the financial constraints at Loftus Road.

West London Sport reported on Monday that McClaren was facing the sack and later reported that Sherwood, Gary Rowett, Mark Warburton and Michael Appleton were Rangers’ initial top contenders for the job.

McClaren was axed in the wake of Saturday’s 2-1 loss at home to Bolton – Rangers’ 11th defeat in 14 league matches.

“Steve McClaren has left QPR with immediate effect,” QPR confirmed in a statement on Monday.

“McClaren came to Loftus Road as manager last summer and during his time in charge oversaw 46 fixtures, winning 16, drawing nine and losing 21.”

CEO Lee Hoos said: “Making a decision such as this is never easy, particularly when you are talking about someone as professional and dedicated as Steve.

“We are grateful to him for all his efforts during his time with us. It is well documented that we are in a period of transition as we work hard to make the club financially stable. With that comes challenges, not least the cutting of the wage bill while aiming to remain competitive.

“As we look to the future, and taking recent results into account, we feel now is the right time to re-evaluate where we are.”

Director of Football Les Ferdinand added: “Steve has worked incredibly hard during his time with us but as we start to make plans for next year we feel this change is necessary now, rather than wait until the end of the season, or risk having to make such a decision early in the new campaign.”

Chairman Amit Bhatia said: “On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank Steve for his hard work during his time with us, and wish him well for the future.

“I would also like to thank our fans for their patience and unwavering support during what has been a very difficult run of results, at a time when the club faces well-documented challenges.

“We must now work towards ending this season positively and building for the future.”