In what is a shocking turn of events at Loftus Road it has been confirmed today that caretaker boss Chris Ramsey has put pen to paper on a three-year deal that will put him in charge of Queens Park Rangers until 2018.
The decision comes as a big surprise for many who believed the position was to be filled by Derby County manager Steve McClaren or even Mark Warburton after his position as manager of Brentford has never truly been secure.
Ramsey took over the reigns at QPR after Harry Redknapp resigned citing knee problems, from then on in the pressure to keep a struggling Rs side in the Premier League appeared beyond the interim coach and the team continued to free fall, presenting sluggish performances and bad morale the side was effectively doomed when 53 year old Ramsey took over.
With the writing on the wall for most of the season QPR's fate was sealed with a 6-0 humiliation to the hands of Man City last month. Ramsey took over in February and was unable to stop the rut that the London side endured.
In the time since his appointment Chris Ramsey has won only three of his 14 games in charge and goes into the last games of the season bottom of the league on goal difference and still with high-flying Leicester to play.
Lack of fight
The relegation of a team in their first season isn't something unusual, as teams like Burnley, Norwich and Derby will be aware, however the manner in which QPR have operated this season, particularly their free spending policy has lead to much criticism being lumped on the senseless buying of overrated players and the lack of a fighting attitude.
For all the money the side have spent, it has been a fruitless and frustrating campaign for Tony Fernandes at QPR and the appointment of Chris Ramsey on a full time basis signifies the need for a change in policy.
Shocking as the decision may seem, Fernandes, QPR's chairman has fully backed Chris Ramsey, despite the 53 year old's Premier League record. In an interview with the BBC Fernandes had nothing but praise for the man he put in charge after Harry Redknapps resignation,
"He lives and breathes management and coaching and I am sure he will flourish in this role as we look to bounce back from this season's disappointments."
Long term plan
Ramsey's long term plan for QPR needs to focus around the youth players of the side and some clever business in the transfer market. With what is surely going to be a difficult summer will come a mass clear out at Loftus Road and many of the 'big names' and 'bad eggs' going elsewhere.
Although many doubt the decision that put Ramsey in charge, it's up to the manager to prove his critics wrong but also his responsibility to make sure things change this time round at QPR.
His three year contract indicates Ramsey has been given a wide berth for the changes to come, however with the changing nature of football who knows how long he's really got.
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