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QPR v Newcastle: The new breed of manager is showing that experience is over-rated

15 May | BY Betway | MIN READ TIME |
QPR v Newcastle: The new breed of manager is showing that experience is over-rated

The new breed of manager is showing that experience is over-rated

TIM SHERWOOD has had them eating humble pie and licking their fingers.

He has had fantastic start at Aston Villa, coaxing goals out of Christian Benteke, inspiring even more from Fabian Delph and providing to the answer to the question: ‘What does Tom Cleverley actually do?’.

Cleverley is turning into the goalscoring midfielder he never was at Manchester United. He now has three in three and is showing an appetite for goals set to finally change the way that he is perceived among fans.

Sherwood earned his Spurs over time bringing through the rising stars currently impressing – and set to get their chance – under Mauricio Pochettino at White Hart Lane.

He has now had a shot at the manager’s job at Tottenham and the keys to one of English football’s biggest clubs.

He has saved Villa from relegation, turned Benteke back into the fearsome proposition he was in his first season in England and steered the club into the FA Cup Final.

He was a coach. Just like Chris Ramsey. 

This week, however, there have been some eye-catching comments on Ramsey’s suitability for the QPR job.

Neil Warnock even suggested Rangers risked plunging down into League One if they pressed ahead with plans to give Ramsey the position full time. 

He said: “I believe they have to get an experienced manager in. I know Chris Ramsey is a very, very good coach, but management is different to coaching. I think they have to be very, very careful the way they go now.”

“It is easy to say, ‘yeah, we will give it to Chris, and bring the kids in’, but if you are not careful with kids in the Championship, you are in League One before you know it.”

Well, hang on a minute. QPR have been there and done that with experience. They’ve got the T-shirt.

Warnock knows that better than anyone. The Hoops have had him, Mark Hughes and Harry Redknapp in charge since they arrived in the Premier League three years ago and – despite financial backing for them all – are back in the Championship.

So where is the justification for a more high-profile name this time around? How much more experience can you get than those guys?

What is it with the obsession with the old guard? Garry Monk may not have been the most glamorous replacement for Michael Laudrup but he has done an excellent job at Swansea.

Eddie Howe has produced the story of the season at Bournemouth. Alan Pardew has restarted the heart of Crystal Palace. 

Yes, John Carver is drowning at Newcastle but Brendan Rodgers made the transition from youth and reserve team manager at Chelsea to beginning a managerial career at Watford that has taken him to Liverpool.

Quite frankly, Ramsey should have been in management before now. His qualifications in themselves would make a decent lunchtime read. 

His organisational skills are second to none. His man-management skills even better.

Players know him. They respect him. The QPR squad may not have been good enough to get results for him but most of them clocked on for work willing to fight for him.

For the Hoops fans who are still not convinced, who would you rather have? A big name demanding a big salary to take even more money out of the club?

Someone who would want his own players? Who would initially claim to be comfortable working within the limited budget the club have already decided on for next season – then start complaining about having no money to spend if the team are doing badly?

Someone whose ideas might not be in line with those of Director of Football Les Ferdinand?

They have been working on the strategy for next year for a couple of months now. They have been looking at players, planning for pre-season, looking at areas where they can improve in their preparation this time around.

There is joined-up thinking at Loftus Road now. A new chief executive is set to be announced within the next few weeks at around the same time that Ramsey’s appointment is confirmed.

They are not deluded into believing they can bounce straight back. Nor, however, do they fear they are at risk of plunging into the third tier as other clubs have done in the past.

They are taking the opportunity presented to them this summer to clear out the dead wood. All of it. Players out of contract will go. Players with no chance of playing will be sold, paid off or given the chance to play elsewhere on loan.

And the process of operating more realistically in the transfer market will begin.

I remember being at the glittering press conference in central London back in July 2012 when QPR unveiled Park Ji-Sung, signed from Manchester United for £5million. 

He was 31 at the time. His best days were most definitely behind him and I remember a friend joking back then that the move was practically paying his pension.

One lucrative, injury-interrupted season – ending in relegation – later, the South Korean was at PSV on loan. 

Those days are over at Loftus Road. It won’t just be kids coming in this summer. Ramsey and Rangers will look at hungry senior stars motivated by success and not cash. 

Leaders who want to fight, listen and learn and don’t think they are doing the club a favour by being there.

Because it is not a big name that QPR need. Its a change in culture. That change is about to take place.