Birmingham boss Gary Rowett slashed in next QPR manager market

by Jack Kitson / 09 November 2016, 10:06

Bookmakers have slashed the odds on Birmingham City boss Gary Rowett trading Championship dugouts to QPR.

Rowett was a 28/1 outsider for the post on Tuesday, but today (Wednesday) can be found at just 11/2 (both Sky Bet) to replace the sacked Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink at QPR, behind frontrunner Tim Sherwood, and contender Ian Holloway.

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A fortnight ago Rowett marked two years in charge of the Blues, who are currently 7th in the table - one point outside of the play-offs with six wins and seven draws from their opening 16 matches.

In contrast QPR are down in 17th following a flat start to the season, although the Hoops are actually only five points behind Rowett’s men.

Rowett, one of the most highly rated young English managers in the game today, is a popular figure at St Andrews following the club’s transformation in fortunes under his tutorship.

In two years Birmingham have gone from relegation strugglers to play-off challengers, and hopes are now high that the 42-year-old can become the man to lead the Blues back up to the Premier League after a six-year absence.

Meanwhile, former QPR boss Holloway has reportedly been interviewed by his old employers and is currently a best-priced 7/2 (Sky Bet) to return to the club he both managed (2001 - 2006) and played for (1991 - 1996).

Holloway, who suffered relegation and promotion with Rangers, has been out of the managerial arena since March 2015, when he was sacked by Millwall, but the lure of returning to Loftus Road - for the first time in nine years - could prove to be too strong to turn down.

Sherwood remains the favourite for the post, although he has drifted slightly from odds-on to 6/5 (Sky Bet), while other names in the frame include Bayern Munich assistant, and former Derby boss, Paul Clement, along with Derby assistant Chris Powell, and ex MK Dons gaffer Karl Robinson.


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