QPR moved a step closer to landing Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink as manager today when Burton Albion agreed to let him speak to the Championship club.
The 43-year-old former Dutch international is expected to arrive at Loftus Road shortly for talks Rangers hope will lead to the end of their search for a permanent boss to replace Chris Ramsey who was sacked early last month.
The move comes after Burton gave permission for Hasselbaink to discuss the vacancy this morning, less than 24 hours after he led Albion to the top of League One with a 2-1 win over Millwall on Tuesday night.
Hasselbaink is thought to have warned his players "something may happen" with regard to his role as manager at the Pirelli in the wake of that win and this would seem to be the next step towards Rangers landing their No 1 target in their quest to make an immediate return to the Premier League.
Burton Chairman Ben Robinson confirmed the latest development saying: "QPR have approached us asking for permission to speak to Jimmy and we have agreed to that.
"He will be interviewed shortly for the vacant manager's job."
Should talks proceed as hoped Rangers could confirm the appointment on Friday, meaning Thursday's trip to Reading will be the last of Neil Warnock's four games in temporary charge.
Rangers are currently 12th in the Championship five points off the play-off scrap.