Chris Ramsey may not have been the ‘dream manager’ Tony Fernandes hastily tweeted about last week without anything happening but there’s no reason why he can’t become that.
The new QPR manager couldn’t change our fortunes against Southampton in his first game, but he did manage to lead us to an inaugural away victory of the season. Something his predecessor Harry Redknapp failed to do in 12 games.
In fact our away record has been so poor in the top flight in recent years Ramsey deserves the key to Shepherd’s Bush for making such light work of it.
But it’s not just the first away win that has impressed and increased his chances, but the manner in which he’s gone about his work. courtesy of metro
His press conferences speak of an assurance in himself. They certainly don’t offer every excuse under the sun into the team’s current predicament like his predecessor.
He doesn’t see this role as merely keeping the seat warm until such a ‘dream manager’ steps in, but a chance to stake his claim.
There’s an eagerness for the job long-term but don’t confuse this with desperation, this is a man who has high standards and has immediately pressed them on the players, who have responded in kind.
Have Tony Fernandes and QPR found their 'dream manager' after all?Harry Redknapp quit QPR after the transfer window closed (Picture: Getty Images)
Players are quick to rally round a new man in charge in order to secure a place in their thoughts for selection, but you get the feeling a fresh face and new voice on the training ground has re-invigorated them as the slate has been wiped clean.
Look at Matt Phillips who looked like a player reborn against Sunderland as he ripped them to shreds down the right and came away with two assists to his name. He was frozen out under Redknapp with limited appearances and a lack of patience to help him develop but already is showing the benefit from a change in coaching or simply an arm around him with some wise words of encouragement.
It didn’t need a new man to come in to realise Leroy Fer’s best position was being involved more in the game through the centre rather than ostracized out wide, but he wasn’t being played there under previous management and showed his value in more central positions against Southampton and Sunderland.
A new manager in charge often brings a lift as players give that little bit extra in order to impress, while it also gets the fans excited again. You only need to see the effect it’s had at West Brom and Crystal Palace.
There’s 13 cup games left this season and Ramsey doesn’t have the experience of previous relegation battles or first team management to call on. But he’s making all the right impressions with players and fans so far to give confidence that our chances of survival have increased of late.
Fernandes may have a dream manager in his sights, but he may need to be looking at what he has right under his nose.
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