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Odds slashed on former Liverpool boss joining QPR

Brendan Rodgers has emerged as a surprise contender to take over Championship club QPR, with his odds of becoming the next Loftus Road manager slashed down to 4/1 this afternoon.

Could Rodgers be heading to QPR? Credit: PA

The former Liverpool and Swansea boss is now second favourite to succeed Chris Ramsey behind Nigel Pearson following a flurry of bets.

Neil Warnock has taken temporary charge of the Super Hoops since Ramsey's departure this month, and he will travel with the team up to Middlesbrough for Friday's televised league fixture.

While it's unclear how long Warnock will remain in charge, the 66 year-old has made it clear he has no intention of taking over on a full-time basis.

Instead, Warnock – who is a great admirer of Rodgers – is believed to be advising the QPR board on who to appoint as their next permanent manager.

Last week, Director of Football Les Ferdinand interviewed Paul Lambert after returning from talks with QPR's board in Malayasia, but the ex-Villa boss was later unveiled as Blackburn's new manager.


Paul Clement wary of attacking threat posed by QPR

In-form Derby will look to maintain their momentum when QPR visit the iPro Stadium on Tuesday night.

Clement is wary of the attacking threat posed by QPR. Credit: PA

After a stuttering start to his first managerial role, Paul Clement's team have now found their feet and are flying in the Sky Bet Championship.

The former Chelsea, Paris St Germain and Real Madrid assistant coach failed to win any of his first five league games after taking over as head coach from Steve McClaren in the summer, drawing the first four matches.

But since returning from the international break in September, Derby are unbeaten and have won seven of their nine fixtures during that time, propelling them up to fifth in the table and just three points behind leaders Brighton.

Clement said:

We've had a lot of challenges in this period but we've risen to them all and that says a lot about the players that we have.

We're in a good moment right now and we want to keep it going. We've had a number of different goalscorers in the league and that's really pleasing - everyone is contributing.

QPR are the next challenge and they are a big threat offensively and it will be a tough game. QPR are one of the highest goalscorers in the league and in the forward area they are very strong - but we have to focus on us and hopefully we can keep our run going.

– Derby manager Paul Clement


Neil Warnock returns to QPR as first team advisor

Warnock returns to the club he once managed. Credit: PA

Neil Warnock has been appointed as a first team advisor at QPR. He will join the club on a part-time basis.

Warnock will work under director of football Les Ferdinand, and head coach Chris Ramsey welcomed the appointment, saying:

“Neil has a passion for this club and for football in general, and he's got too much to offer for us to waste an opportunity to tap into his knowledge."

Newcastle still targeting QPR striker Austin

Charlie Austin could still move in January. Credit: PA

QPR striker Charlie Austin remains on Newcastle's radar as the club continues to plan its three-transfer-window recruitment strategy.

The Magpies monitored Austin's situation throughout the summer as it appeared his days at Loftus Road were numbered in the wake of QPR's relegation from the top flight.

Asked about Austin, head coach Steve McClaren said: "He has been on Newcastle's radar from the second half of last season and during the summer, and he will stay on the radar, definitely."

Former England goalkeeper dies aged 80

Ron Springett earned 33 international caps. Credit: PA

World Cup-winning goalkeeper Ron Springett has died aged 80, former club Sheffield Wednesday have said.

The Owls said Springett, who made 384 appearances in their colours, had passed after a short illness.

While he did not win any of his 33 England caps during the 1966 World Cup, the Londoner was one of the squad members given a medal in 2009 after FIFA introduced a rule to reward all members of World Cup-winning squads.

Prior to the 1966 World Cup, Springett had been England's first-choice at the 1962 tournament in Chile.

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