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Managerless duo apply for the vacant QPR job

West London Sport reports that out of work manager’s Dougie Freedman and Karl Robinson have applied to become the next Queens Park Rangers boss. The Loftus Road club are looking for a successor to Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, who was sacked last weekend following the 1-1 draw at Nottingham Forest.

In the case of 42-year-old Freedman, he is no stranger to the Hoops, having began his career with the club, although he failed to make a first team appearance. Robinson lost his job at MK Dons earlier this season, but did guide them into the Championship a few seasons ago.

The majority of Freedman’s playing career came at Crystal Palace, which is where he also started his management career during a period of financial difficulty for the Eagles after previously serving as reserve team boss and assistant manager. He would then depart to Bolton Wanderers in 2012, leaving after just under two years at the helm, missing out on a play-off place and then finishing mid-table in his two completed seasons. He lasted just over a year at Nottingham Forest, before being fired in March.

Robinson installed a reputation as one of the up-and-coming managers in the game by implementing an attractive style of play upon MK Dons. After guiding them to two play-off appearances, the 36-year-old guided the Dons into the second tier in 2015, where they also convincingly beat Manchester United in a League Cup tie earlier that season. They lasted a year in the Championship before relegation, and he turned down the chance to manage Leeds United over the summer.

Sky Sports pundit and former QPR manager Ian Holloway has spoken with the club over the vacancy as well.

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