Adel Taarabt on boss Chris Ramsey: He's what QPR needed

Adel Taarabt

Adel Taarabt believes Queens Park Rangers have a fighting chance of staying up with Chris Ramsey now at the helm until the end of the season.

Queens Park Rangers playmaker Adel Taarabt has hailed the impact interim manager Chris Ramsey has made at Loftus Road since replacing the departed Harry Redknapp earlier this month.

Speaking to the club’s official Youtube channel during their warm-weather training camp in Dubai, Taarabt was full of praise for the former development coach’s training methods and dedication, and believes he has made a significant difference on the squad since being promoted to his new role.

“He’s a good coach and a good guy as well”, Taarabt said. “He loves football. His life is football, and if you ask him stay for five hours to work with you after training he will do it, no problem.

“He’s what we needed. We needed the intensity in training and the competition, and that’s what he’s given us.

“He’s an honest guy. He’s open to everybody and now it’s up to us to help him.”

Taarabt, meanwhile, has made just two starts in five Premier League appearances this season after a high-profile fall out with Redknapp over his fitness, but the Morocco international is now eager to help the club in their bid to avoid the drop over their remaining 12 matches.

After starting the 1-0 defeat to Southampton earlier this month, the former Tottenham Hotspur trainee missed last week’s 2-1 loss at Hull with a groin problem, but he is now gunning to get back in the line-up for the coming visit of Arsenal.

“I had a little bit of a problem in my groin, but everybody knew my situation,” he added. “I didn’t play for six months and didn’t have a preseason, so I’ve been fighting to get back to my best.

“In training, I’ve found myself very good, but when it comes to the games it’s been a bit difficult. Hopefully now I can help the team in the last dozen games.

“Obviously it would be massive for me. QPR is the club who gave me the chance to show myself and, even though this season has been difficult for me, I really hope with my heart that QPR stay up.”

QPR sit 17th in the top-flight table with 22 points from their 26 games and, if Ramsey can manage to keep the club up, then he just might be given the job on a permanent basis when his position is reassessed at the end of the season.

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