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Sherwood favourite for QPR job despite growing rumours

| 06.02.2015

Three days on from Harry Redknapp’s shock Queens Park Rangers departure and though Tim Sherwood remains the favourite to take the reins at Loftus Road there has been little in the way of progress.

Reports had suggested an approach had been made for the former Tottenham manager on Wednesday but with no new announcements on the horizon at Rangers, the 1/6 Ladbrokes is offering on the 46-year-old is looking less appealing by the minute.

Sherwood has developed a reputation as something of a difficult negotiator with rumours persisting that he turned down the opportunity to manage West Bromwich Albion because he felt the offer they made would not give him enough control of operations at the Hawthorns.

And now the Daily Star is claiming that the former Blackburn Rovers captain is playing hardball with QPR chairman Tony Fernandes over the terms of his contract.

Sherwood is reportedly holding out for a salary of around £6m a year according to the news provider with Fernandes only willing to offer £1m.

Despite this, 7/1 second favourite Paul Clement has reportedly ruled himself out of leaving his current position as no.2 to Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid, leaving the field wide open should Sherwood fail to agree a deal.

Newly-appointed director of football Les Ferdinand is priced at 10/1 to takeover with caretaker boss Kevin Bond also available at that price.

The most surprising contender for the job, however, could be the former’s cousin and current QPR defender Rio Ferdinand.

There had been rumours that the former Manchester United man was set to hang up his boots this season and with the 35-year-old 14/1 to be named as the new man in charge at Loftus Road, there could be a twist in this tale yet.

With Fernandes keen on bringing in a manager that favours the development of young stars over big money over-the-hill signings, Ferdinand could be in with a shout, while Wycombe manager and former Rs favourite Gareth Ainsworth could be a dark horse at 25/1.

Previously in charge at the club in two separate stints on a caretaker basis, the 41-year-old has won universal praise this season after turning the Chairboys from League Two relegation near-certainties last term to promotion contenders in the current campaign.

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Jack Beresford

Jack Beresford is a content writer with over five years of experience in writing about sport and betting, including a two-year spell with Axonn Media. Contributes articles to HereIsTheCity and Lad Bible, while previous credits include Bwin, FTB Pro, Bleacher Report and the QBE rugby. Avid follower of tennis, rugby union, motorsport and football, Jack also writes about poker for Cardspiel.com alongside Guardian journalist Dominic Wells.