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Rangers appeal for Aid... or Gigi

PUBLISHED: 12:55 27 May 2009 | UPDATED: 13:35 24 August 2010

WATFORD, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 29:  Manager Luigi De Canio of Queens Park Rangers celebrates their victory as Adrian Bothroyd of Watford (background) looks dejected during the Coca-Cola Championship match between Watford and Queens Park Rangers at Vicarage Road on December 29, 2007 in Watford, England.  (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)

WATFORD, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 29: Manager Luigi De Canio of Queens Park Rangers celebrates their victory as Adrian Bothroyd of Watford (background) looks dejected during the Coca-Cola Championship match between Watford and Queens Park Rangers at Vicarage Road on December 29, 2007 in Watford, England. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)

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By Ben Kosky QPR are set to offer former Watford manager Aidy Boothroyd the chance to succeed Paulo Sousa in the Loftus Road hot-seat. Rangers are anxious to appoint a new boss rapidly to try and reverse a severe slump in season ticket sales – and prefera

By Ben Kosky

QPR are set to offer former Watford manager Aidy Boothroyd the chance to succeed Paulo Sousa in the Loftus Road hot-seat.

Rangers are anxious to appoint a new boss rapidly to try and reverse a severe slump in season ticket sales - and preferably without having to fork out compensation.

Boothroyd fits the bill on that score, having been out of work since his exit from Vicarage Road last November and, just as importantly, boasts a CV that includes promotion to the Premier League.

But, if the Rs fail to convince Boothroyd to become their seventh permanent boss in three years, they will turn their attention to one of the previous six - Lecce coach Luigi de Canio.

De Canio left London for personal reasons just a year ago after hauling QPR from the relegation zone to mid-table safety - aided by a £6m spending spree - but is likely to be available again after failing to save Lecce from the drop to Serie B.

But Boothroyd, who coached youth teams at Peterborough, Norwich and West Brom and also worked with the first-team at Leeds before joining Watford in 2005, is thought to be the board's first choice.

GOALKEEPER Reece Crowther, who was released by QPR earlier this month, has signed a one-year contract with A-League side Wellington Phoenix after impressing on trial in New Zealand.


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