Sven Goran Eriksson second favourite for QPR manager job - Give it to Di Canio!


As the bookies compile their list of who could potentially take over from Mark Hughes at QPR, there is a familiar face on the list.

Mark Hughes' days as QPR boss may be coming to a close thanks to a wretched start to the season, although that is a decision which will rest solely with the man who appointed him, Tony Fernandes.

The bookies make Hughes 9/5 to be the next manager sacked, with Southampton's Nigel Adkins the nearest of his peers, even with the Saints 3-1 win over QPR at the weekend.

So with Hughes on the brink? Who is in line to replace him?

Well the chatter for the last month or so has intensified on one man, former Spurs boss and current Match of the Day pundit, Harry Redknapp.

Redknapp is by far and away the clear favourite for the QPR manager's position, at 8/15 on with the bookies.

Beyond that, the list of 'top candidates' may surprise, excite, or even depress a few supporters. Here are the top 10 contenders after 'Arry, courtesy of Stan James.

Sven Goran Eriksson (2/1); Rafa Benitez (8/1); Alan Curbishley (12/1); Jurgen Klinsmann (16/1); Malky Mackay (16/1); Mick McCarthy (16/1); Ian Holloway (16/1); Paolo di Canio (16/1); Alan Shearer (16/1); Guus Hiddink (16/1).

Analysis: See what we mean about depressing? The names Curbishley and Shearer will hardly get fans' pulses racing, while McCarthy and Holloway can almost be discounted from the list after taking new jobs in recent weeks at Ipswich and Crystal Palace.

Klinsmann has an ongoing job with the USA national team which he is very happy doing, and Guus Hiddink is unlikely to quit his job at Anzhi in Russia, its doubtful Fernandes would even be able to top the salary he is picking up over there.

Benitez is a bit of a long shot, although he does want to manage in the Premier League again, he's made no secret of it, and his options are getting fewer. With the big name stars at QPR, and the fact the only way is up, it may appeal to him with the right sell.

In our opinion, QPR could do far worse than Di Canio. The fiery Italian would give QPR's woeful overpaid 'talent' the rollocking they need, and he has proved at Swindon so far that he can be an effective manager, if at times completely bizarre - recently threatening to fine his whole team. He is young, hungry manager with a point to prove, and would not care for big name egos. 

It would be great entertainment for the neutral to see him in the top flight, and surely QPR fans too, can anyone really say they are enjoying Hughes' regime, even last season?

As for Sven, he really would be a bad appointment. Since his spell with England finished in 2006, he has lurched from one payday to another, at Manchester City, Leicester, and Notts County.

The fire seems to have gone out of him, he simply is after a well paid job, and he would no doubt demand a big transfer budget in January. QPR should steer well clear.

Hughes? Redknapp? Di Canio? Eriksson? Other? Who should be QPR boss?

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