Former QPR players have their say on who should be manager

Former QPR stars Martin Rowlands and Lee Cook say Marc Bircham would be a good choice as manager at Loftus Road.

They have both told West London Sport they believe their former R’s team-mate should step in if the slump under Steve McClaren continues.

McClaren has lost all four league games since taking over as manager from the sacked Ian Holloway.

Bircham, who was Holloway’s assistant, left the club shortly after the former England boss was appointed.

Cook said: “I think he’s ready to step and take the manager’s job now, I really do.

“He knows the club, is tactically aware and he definitely has a great relationship with the players – I know that for a fact.

“With the situation at QPR at the moment, if this carries on much longer then the board are going to have to make a decision.”

McClaren was jeered by some of the home crowd during Tuesday’s 3-0 defeat against Bristol City. That followed a 7-1 humiliation at West Brom at the weekend.

Rowlands said: “The club’s going through a big transition and is having to be totally rebuilt. To do that you have to have a sense of identity and togetherness and that doesn’t seem to be the case at the moment.

“Birch would bring that. He knows and cares about the club and would have the respect of the players.

“It’s not a time to be playing expansive football. It’s a time to keep fighting and playing for the shirt while the club’s being rebuilt.

“There needs to be a sense of identity and working for each other. Birch would bring that and would be a good choice in my opinion.”