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Harry Redknapp sidekick to leave QPR this month

Assistant manager Kevin Bond will leave QPR when his contract expires at the end of this month.

The name's Bond... Kevin Bond. Credit: PA

The Championship club on Wednesday announced the imminent departure of Bond, who joined Rangers as part of former manager Harry Redknapp's coaching staff in November 2012.

Chris Ramsey succeeded Redknapp in February and was appointed on a permanent basis despite QPR's relegation from the Premier League.

QPR said on their website:

Kevin Bond will leave QPR when his contract expires at the end of this month.

The 58 year-old, who joined Rangers as part of former manager Harry Redknapp's backroom team in November 2012, will depart when his current deal concludes on June 30.

The club would like to place on the record its thanks to Kevin for his services to QPR and wish him well for the future. A further announcement regarding Chris Ramsey's backroom team will be made in due course.

– QPR.co.uk

Southampton have no interest in Austin

Austin won't be heading to Southampton. Credit: PA

Southampton have no interest in signing Charlie Austin from QPR, Press Association Sport understands.

The 25-year-old is being strongly linked with a move from Loftus Road after impressing during an ultimately disappointing campaign for the west Londoners.

Austin netted 18 goals in his maiden Premier League season and the QPR striker is reportedly attracting interest from a number of clubs, including Newcastle, West Ham and Chelsea.

Southampton have also been mentioned as a potential destination, but Press Association Sport understands he will not be moving to St Mary's this summer.

Contrary to reports, Saints have not made a bid for Austin and they do not have any interest in the striker whose form recently led to a first England call-up.

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West Brom boss Tony Pulis targets QPR winger

Phillips impressed during QPR's relegation to the Championship. Credit: PA

West Brom are keen on signing Matty Phillips but will need to pay QPR more than £5m for the winger, according to the Birmingham Mail.

Scottish winger Phillips was a rare bright spark for relegated Rangers in 2015, topping the Premier League's assists chart for the calendar year.

Chris Ramsey played an instrumental role in transforming his fortunes after replacing Harry Redknapp, for whom Phillips had become nothing more than a squad player.

While Ramsey is determined to keep his most creative player on board for QPR's Championship campaign, he has privately accepted Phillips is likely to remain in the Premier League.

The 24 year-old joined QPR from Blackpool for £5m in August 2013.

Former QPR and Spurs boss Redknapp joins Twitter

Harry Redknapp appears to be finally catching up with technology after creating a Twitter account.

Redknapp knows how to write afterall. Credit: PA

In 2012, Redknapp told police he did not know how to work a computer and had never sent a text message, and last October he claimed he had no idea what Twitter was after QPR defender Rio Ferdinand earned a ban for a tweet he sent.

But on Monday the former Tottenham, Portsmouth and QPR boss announced his arrival on the social media network.

"Let's see what this is all about then," he wrote on an account which instantly began to attract thousands of followers.

When his finances were under investigation in 2012, Redknapp, 68, told City of London police: "I can't work a computer, I don't know what an email is, I can't, I have never sent a fax and I've never even sent a text message."

Last October, when Ferdinand was handed a three-match ban for using a crude insult on the site, Redknapp said he could not give his players advice as he "didn't know what Twitter is".

QPR make second swoop on Swindon

Ben Gladwin is moving up the Championship. Credit: PA

QPR have followed up the signing of Massimo Luongo by signing Ben Gladwin from Swindon Town, too.

The attacking midfielder was part of the Swindon team who made it to the League One play-off final and has signed a three-year deal at Loftus Road.

There was interest from the Premier League but for me, personally, I think this move is a little more realistic at this stage of my career. Playing is what it’s all about. Sitting on the bench is no way to improve your game.

Chris Ramsey is a fantastic coach and I’m sure he’ll improve me on the training pitch. I spoke to him earlier this week and was hugely impressed by what he had to say and where he sees me fitting in.

Everyone I’ve spoken to about QPR said it would be a good move for me. I can’t wait to get going here.

– Ben Gladwin

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Neil Warnock offers to help QPR in the Championship

Warnock has offered QPR manager Chris Ramsey a hand. Credit: PA

Neil Warnock has offered to help QPR manager Chris Ramsey in the Championship next season.

The 66 year-old guided Rangers to Premier League promotion in 2010/11, but was dismissed by chairman Tony Fernandes after eight games without a win in January 2012.

Since Warnock's departure less than four years ago, QPR have dropped back into the Championship, returned to the top flight and suffered relegation to the second tier once again this term.

Interim head coach Ramsey, 53, was last week offered a three-year contract at Loftus Road, where directors are desperate to change the poisonous culture by investing in younger players from the lower leagues.

Speaking to the QPR Podcast in Kilburn last night, Warnock said:

I asked Chris to come with me at Palace this year. I wanted him to be my first team coach. I think he's got a lot of attributes, he's a great guy, but management is different.

He'll have to adapt to the other side of management because you can't be a nice guy all the time as a manager. It's not easy, the Championship. It's one of the most difficult leagues you can enter without a lot of experience. He's going to need a bit of luck and a bit of help, but he'll get the support.

It's not going to be easy, make no mistake. I don't think they'll come straight back up and it needs a lot of hard work behind the scenes. If I can help Chris, I'm always on the end of a phone because I still think a lot about the club.

– Former QPR manager Neil Warnock

QPR boss Ramsey determined to keep Charlie Austin

QPR head coach Chris Ramsey accepts Charlie Austin will want to stay in the Premier League, even though he says the relegated Londoners will make "every effort" to keep him.

Austin and Ramsey after victory against Newcastle this month. Credit: PA

Austin scored his 18th Premier League goal of the season as the curtain came down on Rangers' miserable top-flight stay with a 5-1 thrashing at Leicester on Sunday.

It came just days after 25-year-old Austin was called into the England squad for the friendly away to the Republic of Ireland and the Euro 2016 qualifier in Slovenia next month - and Ramsey fears a parting of the ways as he prepares for a significant summer rebuild at Loftus Road.

Ramsey said:

I would imagine anybody who has scored those goals and is going to the England camp would not be looking elsewhere other than to be playing in the Premier League.

He'll want to play higher (than the Championship) but we'll make every effort to keep him because he's somebody that we need.

It's very difficult to buy strikers of that pedigree to come straight into your team and starting scoring immediately. That's what we're going to need because we must hit the ground running.

– QPR manager Chris Ramsey
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