Odds cut on Jim for QPR job

JIM Magilton is being tipped to takeover as manager of Queens Park Rangers.

Elvin King

JIM Magilton is being tipped to takeover as manager of Queens Park Rangers.

The ex-Town boss, who has his Ipswich house up for sale, has had an interview with the owners at Loftus Road and his odds on being handed the job have dipped to 3-10.

The bookies are rarely proved wrong in managerial changes as was shown on the night before Roy Keane's appointment to succeed Magilton at Portman Road.


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Magilton will have plenty of cash backing from the wealthy Formula 1-involved owners of the Championship club - with a decision expected today.

Co-owner Flavio Briatore flew to London this week to install a successor to Paulo Sousa, whose contract was terminated in April following a number of behind-the-scenes problems.

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Former Rangers coach Luigi De Canio has been considered for the job and confirmed his departure from Italian club Lecce on Sunday, while Briatore is believed to be keen on Paolo Maldini now the AC Milan legend's playing career has finished.

And Antonio Tapia, who has suggested QPR are interested in him, resigned as coach of Spanish club Malaga on Sunday.

Neil Warnock and Kevin Blackwell have committed their futures to Crystal Palace and Sheffield United respectively, but Aidy Boothroyd is being considered, and Magilton is understood to have impressed at his interview.

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