QPR identify Rowberry as a top contender for manager vacancy - Sources

By Wayne Veysey

3rd May, 2022 | 1:20pm

Sources: James Rowberry is top contender to be new QPR manager

Newport County manager James Rowberry has emerged as a top contender to be the new QPR manager, Football Insider understands.

Mark Warburton is leaving Loftus Road at the end of the season when his contract expires and the club are looking at a number of candidates to take over.

A QPR source has told Football Insider that the club are planning to appoint a head coach rather than a manager in their set-up and Rowberry fits the bill for the profile they are looking at.

Rowberry is highly regarded within coaching circles after becoming one of the youngest coaches to gain his pro licence when he achieved Uefa’s top coaching qualification at the age of 29.

The 37-year-old, who has worked under the likes of Neil Warnock and Mick McCarthy at Cardiff, took his first sole managerial role in November at Newport.

Rowberry arrived at Newport in October 2021 with the club sitting 13th in the table.

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The former Exiles academy player initially lifted the Welsh side into promotion contention but ultimately failed to secure a playoff berth after suffering five losses in the last eight games.

Rowberry has utilised both a 4-4-2 diamond and a five-man defence at times during his first season in management.

Meanwhile, QPR sit 12th in the Championship table ahead of their final game of the season against Swansea on Saturday (3 May).

Outgoing boss Warburton has confirmed the club’s Malaysian owners are behind the decision to part company at the season’s end.

The former Nottingham Forest boss joined the Loftus Road club in 2019.

In other news, Football Insider reveals QPR talks over multiple Premier League incomings.