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Should Steve McClaren be shown the door at Loftus Road?

Go back to end of last season and QPR had just announced that English hero Steve McClaren would be taking over as manager at Loftus Road. I wasn’t too impressed with the decision and thought that the club were asking for trouble by appointing the former England manager. 

QPR started this season in dismal form by losing their opening five matches in the league including a 7-1 thrashing at home to West Brom. Many called for McClarens head but to be fair to the boss he turned things around with a run of fine performances that saw the London side in 7thplace at the end of October just one point off the play-off places. 

That’s about as good as it got for the Loftus Road faithful this season as they have only picked up 13 points since then and find themselves just nine points off the relegation places. To make matters worse they have failed to win since boxing day and have beaten a club record with a run of seven league losses in a row following their defeat at Middlesbrough at the weekend. Questions are being asked of Steve McClaren.

Should QPR sack Steve McClaren

At this moment in time I would have to say no. QPR for me are too good to go down and Steve is more than capable of keeping them up regardless of the current run of form. However, do I think that McClaren should be kept on for next season? The short answer again is no. Steve McClaren has had limited success since his ill-fated tenure as England manager and has struggled to shake off the stigma surrounding that and it’s been eleven years since we crashed out of the Euro qualifying to Croatia. 

For stability the club could stick with their gaffer until the end of the season and then opt to get rid and start again in order to lay fresh foundations and have a summer of planning. To get in a new manager now without a transfer window could have the wrong effect on the club and with QPR relatively safe from relegation they are in no rush to jump into an appointment. 

That being said who could QPR go for if they were to sack Steve McClaren and do you think they should? Let us know in the comments below.

3 potential managers to take the Glanford Park hot seat

Scunthorpe United surprisingly sacked manager Graham Alexander at the weekend after the ‘Irons’ 1-1 draw with Rochdale. Alexander had guided his side to fifth in the League One, but after only picking up 5 points in 8 games the board decided to act and remove Alexander from his role. 

With that in mind we take a look at 3 potential replacements who could take the Glanford Park hot seat.

Uwe Rosler – After doing a terrific job with Fleetwood Town last season, where he guided the ‘Cod Army’ to the League One playoffs, Rosler couldn’t repeat that feat this season with the Fylde Coast outfit deciding to part company with the German.

Despite not having the best of seasons this time around, Rosler more than showed his credentials last term guiding a club to a much higher position than would have been expected of them before a ball was kicked and could be seen as the perfect fit for Scunthorpe.

As a club with a minimal budget compared to some at League One level, Rosler could be the man to get the very best out of the playing staff already at the club without having to go and spend huge money on bringing in reinforcements.

Stuart McCall – A manager who also knows this level of football very well is former Bradford City manager Stuart McCall. Having guided the ‘Bantams’ to the League One playoffs last season, McCall saw his side lose out to Millwall in the final at Wembley Stadium before he was given the axe earlier this season after the club fell 13 points adrift of the automatic promotion places.

Having guided Bradford to the final of the playoffs he certainly knows what is required to get a team to finish within the promotion picture in this league and a move to Glanford Park would see him link up with former ‘Bantam’ Rory McArdle.

Steve McClaren – A man who could be seen as having an outside chance for the post is Steve McClaren. The former England manager would certainly be seen as major coup if Scunthorpe United could entice him to take over as their new manager.

McClaren, certainly brings with him a wealth of experience having managed the likes of Middlesborough, Newcastle United and Derby County to name a few, as well as spending time as Sir Alex Fergusons number two at Manchester United.

He certainly would be a name that would bring a lot of attention to Scunthorpe United but could also be the manager to guide the club into the Championship!

Scunthorpe United fans who would you like to see as your new manager? Let us know in the comments section…

Is this former international striker set to take over at the Kassam Stadium

Oxford United are still on the look out for a new manager eleven days after Sumrith Thanakarnjanasuth took control of the club. Plenty of high profile names including the likes of Craig Bellamy and Steve McClaren have been linked with the post but as of yet nobody is in the hotseat, but is this about to change…

The Sun reported yesterday that the club were in talks with former Dutch international Patrick Kluivert to take the helm at the Kassam Stadium. Kluivert recently had a post with Paris St-Germain as Director of Football, and has previously held assistant manager positions with the likes of Az Alkmaar, NEC and also the Dutch national side.

Kluivert would bring a wealth of experience with him, having played at the highest level for the likes of Ajax, AC Milan and FC Barcelona and could attract some big names to the Kassam Stadium should he take charge of the League One outfit.

From this it is clear to see that new Oxford owner wants to put a high profile name in charge of the club and this will in turn give The U’s every chance of getting out of League One and into the Championship.

Oxford United fans would you like to see Patrick Kluivert as your new manager? Let us know in the comments section…