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Claim: Sousa Has Four Games to Save His Job

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London Informer/Paul Warburton - QPR boss has four games from getting the chop
- QPR BOSS Paulo Sousa has four games to save his job.
- Rangers chiefs have become increasingly unhappyover the way the Portuguese has allowed the team to slip from a potential Championship play-off spot to a middling 11th, with only the faintest chance of getting into the top six.
- Matters came to a head last week when Sousa farmed out leading scorer Dexter Blackstock on loan to Nottingham Forest.
- It appears the £2m-rated man didn't show the right 'attitude' in trying to hold down a spot, and reluctantly, in a public show of solidarity, Rangers allowed their striker to join Forest with a view to a permanent transfer at the end of the season.
- Sousa also wanted Geovanni dos Santos on loan - but was told the Tottenham misfit would cost more than he was worth before he went to Ipswich instead.
- But a player the manager does have is still waiting for his first start under Sousa.
- The Portuguese has refused to give a chance to Gary Borrowdale, bought for a knockdown £125,000 when the Rs supremo was seeking an alternative left-back in December.
- The 38-year-old, in his first management job, spoke recently of wanting to be a part of 'QPR history alongside the other heroes at this great club', but unless he can get decent results out of the games, leading up to Wolves away on April 18, he might have to content himself with becoming the eighth boss to be shown the Loftus Road door in just two years.
- A Rangers source didn't offer a lot of hope unless Sousa can cash in on the last two back-to-back wins starting at home to Crystal Palace on Saturday.
- The source said: "The club has improved the players, and kept on improving them under Paulo. It got most of the people he wanted, like Wayne Routledge and Jordi Lopez.
- "Although the public face of the club talks about patience and a three-year plan, do you think patience made Bernie Ecclestone [major shareholder] and Flavio Briatore [chairman] wealthy and successful men?
- "There is no other manager in mind, despite the stories and the names.
- "But it won't take long for a list to be drawn up, if that's what's needed." London Informer

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