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Michael Laudrup rules out QPR move

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Michael Laudrup has ruled himself out of the running to be the new manager of Queens Park Rangers. 

The ex-Swansea manager is currently boss of Qatari club Lekhwiya but told a Danish newspaper on Wednesday that he has no interest in the job. 

Laudrup was tipped to take the hot-seat at the west London club after Tim Sherwood's talks stalled. Sherwood was as little as 1-10 with some bookmakers for the vacant managerial position at the weekend amidst reports he would watch Rangers' game with Southampton at Loftus Road.

Laudrup, who had also been linked with the job of the Japanese national team told reporters: “It is always positive to be linked with big jobs and taking over one of the biggest teams in Asia [Japan] or QPR are big jobs.

“But, having said that, I would also like to say that I have no intention to leave Lekhwiya at the moment. We are top of the league and are starting the group phase of the Champions League in two weeks.”

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After talks with Sherwood broke down, R's owner Tony Fernandes tweeted: "Think I have got my dream manager. Not what anyone thinks. Take a while. Still a bit to go but I’m very happy. Press all wrong.”

Caretaker Chris Ramsey did himself no harm in gaining the job on a permanent basis on Tuesday night as the Premier League strugglers picked up their first away win of the season against Sunderland thanks to goals from Leroy Fer and Bobby Zamora. The result lifted the club out of the bottom three on goal difference.

On Monday, Ramsey admitted that he would "jump at the chance" of becoming manager on a permanent basis.

"If you got offered the chance to coach a Premier League team you would jump at the chance," he told BBC Sport.

"But, more importantly for me, is that QPR avoid relegation regardless of whether I am here or anybody else.

"I know that director of football Les Ferdinand, chairman Tony Fernandes and the owners will go through a process of elimination with other candidates."

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