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Huddlestone expects new QPR boss to go far

Hull midfielder Tom Huddlestone expects new QPR boss Chris Ramsey to become a successful manager, and admits he's surprised the former Spurs coach took this look to step into the spotlight.

Ramsey has made a fine start to life at QPR. Credit: PA

QPR visit Hull in the Premier League tomorrow with Ramsey in charge for his third game since Harry Redknapp threw in the towel at Loftus Road.

The pair worked together at White Hart Lane and Huddlestone revealed the young players there only have good things to say about Ramsey

Chris is well respected within the game, it's a surprise he hasn't moved into management before to be honest.

I know from working with him at Tottenham and from what some of the younger lads said he's one of the best they've worked with.

I think he can make a success of it. He's got all the qualifications behind him and even though it's not at first team level he's gained a lot of experience behind the scenes with youth development and Tottenham seem to be reaping the rewards from him at the minute.

– Hull midfielder Tom Huddlestone


Ramsey hopes Austin powers QPR to win at Hull

QPR welcome back top goalscorer Charlie Austin for their trip to fellow Premier League strugglers Hull on Saturday.

Will QPR win successive away games? Credit: Reuters

The 13-goal striker missed the 2-0 win at Sunderland with a foot injury but manager Chris Ramsey has said Austin is back in contention after returning to training.

The striker was close to joining Hull in the summer of 2013 only for a failed fitness test to scupper his move, allowing QPR - then a Championship club - to take full advantage.

Hull are once again without midfielder Mohamed Diame for the crunch clash with QPR on Saturday.

Diame was expected to feature for the first time this year but sits out having hurt his knee in training, meaning the Tigers could field the same XI that started last week's 2-0 win over Aston Villa.

Hull squad: McGregor, Harper, Davies, McShane, Figueroa, Robertson, Bruce, Elmohamady, Livermore, Meyler, Brady, Quinn,Huddlestone, Jelavic, Hernandez, Aluko, Ramirez, N'Doye.

QPR squad: Green, McCarthy, Caulker, Yun, Ferdinand, Hill, Traore, Kranjcar, Henry, Sandro, Barton, Phillips, Hoilett, Wright-Phillips, Taarabt, Vargas, Austin, Zamora, Zarate.

QPR boss reacts to Chelsea fans' racism incident

QPR boss Chris Ramsey has called on football authorities to maintain a hard-line stance against racism and weed out offenders.

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Ramsey's recent appointment made him the only black manager in the Premier League and, having experienced racism personally during his playing career, he has clear views on the subject.

The issue is back in the public eye after a black commuter was prevented from boarding a train at Paris' Richelieu-Drouot Metro station on Tuesday by what appeared to be a group of travelling Chelsea fans.

It would be good to know what the authorities are going to do to weed these people out and what sanctions they will enforce to make this an avoidable situation in the future.

Had it not been caught on camera. It was probably something that was going on before. We can't look at it as a single situation - they were just caught at that time.

It is a reminder that it is still there. I'm sure there are people trying their best to make sure it stays out of the public eye - there are people with these views and we need to keep them away from the game.

– QPR head coach Chris Ramsey

Joey Barton confirms new QPR boss is Chris Ramsey

QPR have appointed Chris Ramsey as manager for the remaining 13 Premier League fixtures of the season.

Ramsey helped QPR to their first Premier League away win after 11 defeats. Credit: PA

The former Spurs coach assumed caretaker charge when Harry Redknapp quit citing knee problems less than 24 hours after failing to sign a player on deadline day.

Ramsey was denied a first point last weekend when Southampton scored a 93rd minute winner at Loftus Road, but guided Rangers to their first away win of the season at Sunderland on Tuesday evening.

QPR had lost all 11 of their league fixtures on the road under Redknapp before the impressive 2-0 victory at the Stadium of Light.

Chairman Tony Fernandes had been frustrated in his search for a replacement with Derby manager Steve McClaren and Real Madrid first team coach Paul Clement both unwilling to join midway through the season.


Huge blow for QPR as Deputy Mayor backs Car Giant regeneration plans

QPR finally secured three points away from home on Tuesday evening, but their plans to build a new stadium at Old Oak Common have today suffered a fatal blow.

QPR will have to rethink their lofty stadium ambitions. Credit: PA

Last year, the Premier League club announced plans to create 55,000 new jobs with 24,000 homes and a new 40,000 capacity stadium on land owned by Car Giant, the world's largest car dealership.

Car Giant weren't consulted by the club before last year's announcement and made it clear they were planning to regenerate the land themselves.

They have been working closely with the Greater London Authority for several months, and London's Deputy Mayor for Planning, Sir Edward Lister, today confirmed:

Old Oak Common represents an unprecedented chance to create a truly new piece of London. Car Giant is set to play an enormously important role in the regeneration of the area and we are already working with their development partner London & Regional as they help to deliver the Mayor’s vision for much needed new homes and jobs. Following the Government’s approval of our plans to set up a new Development Corporation, there is now real momentum as we look to maximise this once-in-a-generation opportunity.

– London Deputy Mayor for Planning, Sir Edward Lister

QPR suffer blow in pursuit of 'dream manager'

QPR may find it difficult to make Michael Laudrup their "dream manager", according to the Dane's agent.

Laudrup is not quite as handsome as babe magnet Harry Redknapp. Credit: PA

The Hoops, who recorded a first away Barclays Premier League win of the season at Sunderland on Tuesday evening, appear close to appointing Harry Redknapp's successor after chairman Tony Fernandes suggested he has landed his preferred choice.

Chris Ramsey has been filling the void on a caretaker basis, with former Tottenham head coach Tim Sherwood the heavy favourite for the position - although Fernandes' comment on Twitter seemed to distance the club from the 46-year-old.

Laudrup is under contract with Qatari club Lekhwiya. Out of respect anyone interested in him should contact the club.

I don't think they would let him go because the team are in so many tournaments and competitions.

– Laudrup's agent, Bayram Tutumlu

Fernandes said his target was "not what anyone thinks", but admitted the appointment was likely to "take a while".

Laudrup, sacked by Swansea in February, emerged as the new bookmaker's favourite.

Fernandes makes surprise QPR boss announcement

Tony Fernandes claims he has decided on a "dream manager" to take over at QPR, and the press are all wrong about Tim Sherwood being appointed.

Sherwood is the bookies' favourite to take over at Loftus Road, but is thought to be demanding a wage in line with some of the Premier League's best paid managers.

Former Spurs coach unsurprised by Harry Kane

QPR caretaker manager Chris Ramsey is not surprised by Harry Kane's success this season, having worked with the striker at Tottenham's academy.

Chris Ramsey is in caretaker charge of QPR. Credit: PA

Ramsey spent nine years coaching the youth sides at White Lane and helped Kane break into the first team under Tim Sherwood last season.

Kane joined the Spurs academy in 2009 and has flourished this term, scoring his 21st and 22nd goals of the campaign in a 2-1 Barclays Premier League win over Arsenal on Saturday.

He hasn't surprised me. Tottenham have been fantastic in giving their youngsters opportunities to play. Harry has been a very good player for a long time, I known him for a long time.

I was at Tottenham for nine years and was in charge of coaching at the academy and, along with (coaches) like John McDermott and Perry Suckling, helped bring through quite a few good youngsters.

Harry has always been very dedicated, he's a single-minded player who trains hard.He's scored over 20 goals now and he's well capable of that - he's not the kind of player who gets fazed.

– QPR caretaker manager Chris Ramsey
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