Keown: Next QPR boss needs to pick consistent XI

Ex-defender Martin Keown has given some advice to Queens Park Rangers' next boss.

Former Premier League defender Martin Keown has told the Daily Mail that whoever takes over at Queens Park Rangers must bring consistency to their starting line-up.

The R's have not found a settled starting XI all season and Keown believes that has had a detrimental impact on their results. 

At the moment, Tim Sherwood is the reported favourite to take over from Harry Redknapp and Keown thinks it is an exciting opportunity for whoever is picked. 

"Whoever comes in, what they have to do first of all is work out their best XI," Keown said. "They have to play a back four and be more creative but make sure they are still hard to beat."

"But for Tim or anybody else it will certainly be a good challenge and of course there’s a chance they can save them. It’s not an impossible job."

Keown's point about finding a consistent line-up is certainly a valid one, as Redknapp failed to settle upon a team or a system throughout QPR's current season.

The R's originally intended to operate with a 3-5-2 system but, after some poor initial displays, they quickly reverted to a more conventional 4-4-2 and it has left their squad looking unbalanced. 

The task, therefore, for their next manager will be to devise a formation and plan better suited to the players they have on their books to help accelerate the west London side up the table. 

QPR are currently in 19th place in the Premier League but are only one point away from safety and a few wins will see them clear of the drop, although it is easier said than done...

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