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PUBLISHED: 12:22 29 October 2008 | UPDATED: 13:23 24 August 2010

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DATE: 02/08/2008.
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QPR'S PETER RAMAGE ON THE BALL. 

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QPR V AC CHIEVO VERONA PRE-SEASON FRIENDLY PHOTO'S BY GERARD FARRELL / DZ PICS DATE: 02/08/2008. TEL: 07831-396-923 QPR'S PETER RAMAGE ON THE BALL. .

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By Ben Kosky QPR defender Peter Ramage reiterated the players unwavering support for Iain Dowie just hours before the manager was booted out on Friday morning. Ramage also revealed that Dowie s appointment as Rangers boss five months earlier had played a

By Ben Kosky

QPR defender Peter Ramage reiterated the players' unwavering support for Iain Dowie just hours before the manager was booted out on Friday morning.

Ramage also revealed that Dowie's appointment as Rangers boss five months earlier had played a major part in his decision to leave Newcastle in favour of Loftus Road.

The right-back, who missed the games against Reading and Birmingham through injury, told the Times: "The gaffer here's got the respect of every single player in the dressing room.

"He's the best manager I've ever worked with, the way he goes around the place and you can have a laugh and a joke with him, training's intense but fun, but you know you can't cross him either.

"He's got the right balance and it was one of the major factors, if not the most important one, in my decision to come here, knowing he was the manager.

"I spoke to quite a few people about him and they had nothing but good words to say. He's the right manager to get us out of this league, without any shadow of a doubt."

Ramage knows plenty about how destabilised a club can become through regular changes of manager - Newcastle United, after all, are regarded as something of a laughing stock by football fans around the country.

The 24-year-old worked under five managers - Sir Bobby Robson, Graeme Souness, Glenn Roeder, Sam Allardyce and the since-departed Kevin Keegan - during his time with the Magpies.

"I always believe a manager should be given time - but no manager who was at the club was ever given that," Ramage added.

"Graeme Souness gave me my debut, but he was only there about 18 months and we had rotten luck. Michael Owen got injured and when you're without your top player, you're going to struggle.

"The first time Kevin Keegan was at Newcastle, the club were literally about to go into the old Second Division - in the space of 18 months, they were challenging at the top of the Premier League.

"Look at the top teams - Arsene Wenger's been at Arsenal 12 years and Alex Ferguson 20-odd at Old Trafford. It just shows that if you stick with the right man, you can achieve things."

Dowie's dismissal left Rangers searching for their sixth boss since Ian Holloway's five-year spell at Loftus Road ended in February 2006.

But co-owner Flavio Briatore hinted that he was in no great hurry to make a swift appointment after handing veteran midfielder and reserve team boss Gareth Ainsworth the reins in the short term.

"It was the decision of the board. There was no argument - we are not happy, simple as that," said Briatore. "We're not rushing - we have the players, we have the coach, we have everything.


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