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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Alternatively: Roberto Donadoni as Possible QPR Manager

Ealing Gazette/Dave McIntyre - Donadoni in the frame for QPR job
- QPR are set to offer former Italy boss Roberto Donadoni the job of first-team coach at Loftus Road, with ex-Portugal midfielder Paulo Sousa also in the frame.
Donadoni and Sousa have emerged as the Rangers board’s preferred choices and former Italy defender Alessandro Costacurta is likely to be offered the role if both men turn it down.
- Donadoni was sacked as Italy manager after his side were beaten in the quarter-finals of the European Championships earlier this year.
- The 45-year-old, who made 63 appearances for Italy as a player, has also had spells in charge of Genoa, Livorno and Lecco.
- He was approached by QPR boss Flavio Briatore after the search for a new coach was stepped up following Rangers’ home defeat to Burnley on Saturday.
- Sousa, 38, is currently assistant coach of the Portuguese national team and has also been approached.
- He played 51 times for his country and had spells with Benfica, Sporting Lisbon, Juventus, Inter Milan, Parma and Borussia Dortmund.
- Costacurta, 42, was capped 59 times by Italy during a distinguished playing career in which he made over 450 appearances for AC Milan.
-He is currently head coach of Italian Serie B outfit Mantova and has been was linked the QPR job prior to Iain Dowie’s appointment in the summer.
- Briatore is determined to have a new man at the helm by the time Rangers play Watford at Vicarage Road on Saturday.
- Gareth Ainsworth, who has been in caretaker charge since Dowie’s dismissal last month, was initially the frontrunner to take over on a full-time basis despite a number of big names being linked.
- Ainsworth is now not being considered for the position but is expected to stay at the club in some capacity.
- Dowie was axed after refusing to select a team suggested to him by Briatore, who has had a major say in team affairs under Ainsworth.
- Several British managers have stayed out of the running for the job because of the Rangers board's role in team selection and transfers. Ealing Gazette

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