Rangers boss ready for Palace raid
By Ben Kosky NEW QPR boss Neil Warnock is keen to lure Nathaniel Clyne and Darren Ambrose to Loftus Road from former club Crystal Palace. Palace, who are currently in administration, could be tempted to let the pair join Rangers on loans with the guarante
By Ben Kosky
NEW QPR boss Neil Warnock is keen to lure Nathaniel Clyne and Darren Ambrose to Loftus Road from former club Crystal Palace.
Palace, who are currently in administration, could be tempted to let the pair join Rangers on loans with the guarantee of cash payments at the end of the season.
But Warnock faces opposition from one of his numerous predecessors as QPR manager - Paul Hart, who was swiftly appointed to fill Warnock's chair at Selhurst Park on Tuesday.
Hart, who resigned as Rs boss in January after just five games in charge, announced: "No players will be leaving this club between now and the end of the season."
The reality, though, is that such decisions are in the hands of Palace administrator Brendan Guilfoyle, who needs to raise revenue to ease the club's financial woes.
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Highly-rated right-back Clyne, 18, and free-scoring midfielder Ambrose are both high on Warnock's shopping list, along with Scunthorpe striker Gary Hooper.
Warnock's protracted move across London was finally completed this week after Guilfoyle agreed compensation with Rangers chairman Gianni Paladini.
The 61-year-old Yorkshireman becomes QPR's 10th permanent manager in the four years since Ian Holloway's departure after the club finally told previous incumbent Mick Harford his time was up on Monday.
Harford - who spent three months as John Gregory's assistant in 2007 and then a further four weeks as caretaker manager - had only returned to west London as Hart's assistant in December.
This time, his stay proved to be even shorter, with Hart lasting a matter of weeks and Harford stepping up to lead the demoralised Rangers squad to a run of five straight league defeats.
Tony Coton, who served briefly as Harford's number two, has also left the club, while Warnock opted to bring assistant Mick Jones and coach Keith Curle with him from Selhurst Park.
Warnock made his name as a manager by guiding Scarborough into the Football League in 1986 before taking Notts County to the top flight with back-to-back promotions.
He also managed Huddersfield, Plymouth, Oldham and Bury before moving to Sheffield United, and won promotion to the Premier League in 2006, but walked out when the Blades were controversially relegated a year later.
The new manager will take charge of his first Rangers match when promotion-chasing West Brom visit Loftus Road on Saturday.