Chris Ramsey insists he can win over doubters and be a success at QPR
PUBLISHED: 09:00 21 October 2015 | UPDATED: 12:23 22 October 2015
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Chris Ramsey remains confident he can win back the hearts of the QPR boo-boys and be a success at the club.
The 53-year-old head coach has come under increased scrutiny from supporters after a poor run of form, with Rangers winning just one of their last seven league games following Tuesday’s goalless draw at home against Sheffield Wednesday.
Ramsey, though, accepts criticism is part of the job, and insists he has what it takes to change those fans’ perceptions of him.
He said: “When you’re at a club like QPR which has had its successes in the past, fans sometimes live for those moments. Everyone wants to be at the top.
“Criticism from the fans doesn’t help me, but at the end of the day that’s part of being sat in this chair. Unfortunately in this game, one week you know what you’re doing and the next week [people say] you don’t.
“The fans are entitled to their opinion. They’ve come here on a Tuesday night and are disappointed not to get the three points. I can assure them we are trying our best to make them happy. Sometimes we will fall short of the mark.
“We’re still trying to gel a team, though. Nearly every week I have had to make enforced changes, so it’s about solidifying those options.
“There are bigger and better managers than me who have taken longer to do that, but I’m confident I can do it. This club is poised to move up the league, but it’s going to take a lot of time and patience from everyone at the club.”
On a night of little goalmouth action, with the two sides mustering just one shot on target between them, Ramsey was pleased to collect just a second clean sheet of the season, with the returning Clint Hill putting in an inspired performance at the heart of the defence.
Ramsey added: “I’m pleased with the clean sheet. That was first and foremost in our thoughts.
“Of course I’m disappointed we didn’t take the clear-cut chances, and there were a couple that came our way – but all in all it’s a point in the right direction.
“Defensively, bar the odd slip, I thought we were solid. Our creative players probably could have produced a little bit more, but if we can keep more clean sheets, it gives us a base to build from.”
Ramsey went on: “Sheffield Wednesday came with a game plan – like most Championship teams away from home, they looked to hit the big man on the diagonal.
“That caused us some problems, but I felt we dealt with it quite well. Clint played very well and contributed to us keeping the clean sheet.
“He’s had to bide his time but he’s kept himself in good condition and his performance showed just what he’s all about.”
A chorus of boos rang around Loftus Road when Ramsey opted to replace Jay Emmanuel-Thomas – the only striker named in the matchday squad – with Leroy Fer with just over 20 minutes remaining, but the former Tottenham coach insists his decision was taken with the team’s best interests in mind.
“You can’t always pander to what people think, you’ve got to have your own mind,” Ramsey said. “Sometimes when you make substitutions, you know things that the fans don’t.
“You have to make decisions and stand by them. You live and die by them. It wasn’t a change that I made with negative intentions, far from it. I wanted us to win the game.
“Jay, as I said at the weekend, took a knock last week in training, so we needed to take a precaution. Leroy is a Dutch international and has scored goals throughout his career, so I had every confidence in him to play that role and I thought he did ok when he came on.”
The Rs head coach confirmed Neil Warnock is set for his first day as part of his backroom staff before the weekend, and Ramsey is happy with the 66-year-old’s arrival.
“Neil will be in on Thursday or Friday this week,” said Ramsey. “He’s going to bring in a wealth of experience and expertise and I’m confident it will be a very positive move for the club. We’ve spoken a lot and I’m looking forward to working with him.”