The reason why Tim Sherwood would be a great appointment for QPR

Tim Sherwood Press Conference Smiling 12/02/2014

The former Tottenham boss has been linked with the vacant manager’s role at Queens Park Rangers.

Sherwood is favourite to take charge at Loftus Road, as per the BBC, following Harry Redknapp’s decision to step down as manager.

With the West London club currently sitting in the relegation places of the Premier League, Redknapp’s successor has a tough job on their hands to ensure top flight survival - especially with their current squad.

Although Charlie Austin has proven himself as a good Premier League goalscorer, and Rob Green is a reliable, if unexceptional goalkeeper, there is a lack of quality in depth through the R’s ranks. Mauro Zarate was the only January arrival - signing on loan from West Ham - and the reliance on Steven Caulker and Richard Dunne in defence is starting to wear thin.

After starting the season with a rather farcical attempt at playing 3-5-2, Redknapp returned to a four at the back system with increased success, and the side looked better for it. Although results have not improved enough to bring a rise up the league table, if Sherwood was to arrive, he could be the perfect appointment to catalyse the R’s season.

After taking over from Andre Villas-Boas at Spurs last year, Sherwood immediately set about removing players from the squad who would have no place in his plans. A former coach at White Hart Lane, he looked to the likes of Harry Kane and Nabil Bentaleb, who became key members of the first-team squad to great effect - especially this term - and results improved. He would have no qualms throwing high profile players out the first-team for the benefit of the club, and could start creating a new look side at Loftus Road.

Although often derided for his tactical limitations, Sherwood’s main strength is his ability to read a team and play to their strengths. Although Villas-Boas may be considered a ‘better’ coach for his approach to high-pressing, fluid football, the former Watford trainee removed deadwood from the squad and created a starting XI who knew their main job. The defence tightened, and Emmanuel Adebayor was returned to the first-team to create a classic English 4-4-2 target man system. Although outdated on a theoretical standpoint in the modern age, it proved effective, and QPR are a team who need effective at this moment in time.

After the failed 3-5-2 experiment, Redknapp had continuously tweaked to find the best team, and a return to 4-4-2 was the result. Sherwood proved his ability at coaching that system last term, and, with the lack of options around at this moment in time, the R’s could do much worse than appoint the 45-year-old as head coach.

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