Harry Redknapp’s surprise resignation as QPR manager has prompted the bookies to hurriedly scribble down a host of names to fill the Loftus Road hot seat.
The odds suggest that only one man is considered a genuine contender though, with bigmouth boss Tim Sherwood assuming 1/4 favouritism.
Next comes freshly-minted QPR director of football Les Ferdinand at 5/1, but his new role within the Super Hoops hierarchy means he can be safely disregarded from the betting.
Both are relatively inexperienced managers, with Sherwood only doing a few months at the Spurs helm before departing, whereas his former Lilywhites colleague is a complete greenhorn.
Owner Tony Fernandes’ may well trust Ferdinand’s judgement when appointing his next boss, which obviously lends favour to Sherwood given their Tottenham alliance, but he should be mulling over these other candidates.
Karl Robinson @ 50/1
Fernandes has spelled out an intention to change the QPR recruitment policy in light of Redknapp’s resignation, shifting the focus to developing young players.
This policy may also stretch to include managers too and MK Dons’ Robinson is regarded as one of the most promising in the English game.
His side, who are laden with young gems harvested from the club’s academy, currently sit second in League One and recently made £5m selling precocious Dele Alli to Spurs.
Aitor Karanka @ 20/1
Another manager with his best years ahead of him, Middlesbrough’s Spanish supremo has no problem entrusting young talents with first-team responsibilities either.
Similarly, his connections with Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho would likely result in the R’s being furnished with the best talents in the Blues’ academy, which Karanka’s Boro side are benefitting from at present.
However, with the prospect of QPR joining Boro in the second tier in the near future a distinct possibility, the Basque-born gaffer may view this as something of a sidestep.
David Moyes @ 40/1
Deeply immersed in his La Liga expedition, the former Manchester United boss may take some persuading to return to the Premier League, but his ability to stabilise, organise and reverse the fortunes of struggling sides can’t be argued with.
Everyone is familiar with his Everton exploits, but it’s important to note that present employers Real Sociedad were joint-second bottom in the Spanish top tier when he took over; they’re currently 13th and four points clear of danger.
If short-term survival is their primary goal, Moyes is their boy.