Former West Ham boss Zola could replace Redknapp at QPR - Report

Chelsea legend linked by the Italian media as contender for QPR job.

Are QPR making contingency plans behind the scenes, in case they need to replace Harry Redknapp?

Despite publicly backing the boss, he was also reprimanded by owner Tony Fernandes for poor handling of a row with Adel Taarabt, and the club's form this season has been poor.

A report in Italy has suggested the club are keen on Gianfranco Zola as an alternative.

TMW report: "They will access several names for the succession. One concrete idea is Gianfranco Zola."

Redknapp's position is described as 'shaky', with ex-Spurs head coach Tim Sherwood also listed as a possibility.

Zola is best known in England for his stellar Premier League playing career with Chelsea, but in recent years it has been as a manager he has carved out a reputation.

He bossed West Ham in the Premier League between 2008 and 2010, and managed Watford in the Championship subsequently. Only earlier this month he was touted as a contender for the Fulham job.

QPR will hope it does not come to having to make such a decision, but it is at least prudent to have a back-up plan in mind at least, with football a results driven business.

The west London side did manage a win in their last game against Aston Villa, strengthening Redknapp's position, and travel to Zola's former side Chelsea this weekend. A heavy loss could prove damaging for the manager, but delivering Chelsea's first defeat of the season would help push QPR's troubles away in an instant.

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