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Tommasi too young to be manager

PUBLISHED: 12:10 05 November 2008 | UPDATED: 13:24 24 August 2010

Damiano Tommasi

Damiano Tommasi

By Ben Kosky QPR S former World Cup star Damiano Tommasi has firmly ruled himself out of the running to become the club s next manager. Tommasi, who moved to Loftus Road earlier this season and made his first-team debut against Birmingham last week, had b

By Ben Kosky

QPR'S former World Cup star Damiano Tommasi has firmly ruled himself out of the running to become the club's next manager.

Tommasi, who moved to Loftus Road earlier this season and made his first-team debut against Birmingham last week, had been touted as a possible successor to Iain Dowie.

But the 34-year-old midfielder laughed when asked if his decision to continue his playing career in the Championship would pave the way for a coaching role with Rangers.

"No, I'm too young to be a coach," Tommasi told the Times. "At this moment I'm concentrating on learning to play for this club and playing as well as I can.

"I've been playing at QPR for a month and my fitness is very good, what's most important for me is I know my team-mates better now.

"Of course we want to be in the Premier League, but first we have to go up from the Championship. I think QPR have the possibility of doing this with these players we have, but we must fight for it."

Tommasi forged a reputation as one of Europe's best defensive midfield men during a decade with Roma and also won 24 caps for Italy, including four at the 2002 World Cup finals.

After a spell in Spain's La Liga with Levante, he is now bringing that experience to the QPR engine room and showed clear signs of quality both against Birmingham and Ipswich.

Surprisingly, Tomassi never actually faced Manchester United during his years of European football with Roma - but, even though a trip to Old Trafford is just around the corner, he insists the league must be QPR's priority.

"We need to concentrate on the Championship - we know Manchester United is a great match and an exciting day, but we have Cardiff in our way before that and this is more important," Tommasi added.

"Birmingham was a very important result for us, but we have to forget it after losing to Ipswich. I think 2-0 was hard on us, but they scored two set-plays and it was very difficult for us to put the ball in the box.

"In the first half we had many opportunities, there were two shots on goal and the Ipswich keeper was very good.

"But it was very difficult to fight against an Ipswich team who wanted to do well against a team that beat the number one side. We have to forget it and go for the win against Cardiff.


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