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QPR on the hunt for Redknapp replacement - Bhatia

QPR are already undertaking the selection process as they look to replace Harry Redknapp as manager.

The 67-year old quit his post at Loftus Road on Tuesday, citing the need for knee surgery as the main reason, leaving the struggling R's without a boss.

With the west London club in need of an injection of freshness in order to ward off relegation this season, vice-chairman Amit Bhatia said the hunt was already under way while assistants Kevin Bond and Chris Ramsey oversee the team in the meantime.

"The immediate priority is to remain in Premier League. In the longer term we want to build this club with the right ethos and values, to be a club that develops youth and gives young players a chance, and with that in mind we'll interview a bunch of candidates and hope to make the right decision," Bhatia told Sky Sports News HQ.

"The bookmakers are having a fun time with this as they always do in these situations. It's an important process - everybody is aligned that we have to take our time and find the best person.

"We have great people in Kevin Bond and Chris Ramsey taking over at the weekend, and when the right person is found well make an appointment.

"We're pretty clear what we're looking for and we can't leave ourselves in a position of uncertainty, so we're working hard at it and will continue to work hard at it. It's a matter of great priority and we'll try to make progress as soon as we can."

Former Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood has been installed as the early favourite to step into the Loftus Road hotseat while the likes of Bond, Ramsey, Real Madrid assistant Paul Clement, current defender Rio Ferdinand and QPR's new director of football Les Ferdinand have also been linked.

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