QPR have confirmed that Chris Ramsey has been appointed as the club's head coach until the end of the 2014/15 season and is part of Tony Fernandes' long-term plans.
The Rs have been without a permanent manager since Harry Redknapp resigned on February 3, citing the need for a knee operation and Hoops legend Les Ferdinand will oversee Ramsey as part of the new structure at the club, with CEO Phil Beard handing in his notice.
Rangers are still searching for a permanent manager with Real Madrid assistant Paul Clement one of the favourites for the role but a decision will not be made until the summer.
Fernandes said: “In the wake of Harry’s resignation, it was my desire to identify the right individual for the job and at this time, we believe Chris is the ideal candidate.
“He has impressed everyone here in his short time in charge and I firmly believe he is the right man – working closely with Les – to lead us until the end of the season.
“Chris has an opportunity now to stamp his authority and class on the position. He is part of our long-term plans at QPR.”
Fernandes said he was close to securing a 'dream' manager on Tuesday but has subsequently changed his mind.
He added: “A lot has been written and said about the position, including by myself, but the decision has been taken to defer the permanent appointment until the end of the season.
“We spoke to many individuals who were interested in the role, one of whom I was quoted on as being a dream, but none of them were right to take the club forward at this time for a variety of reasons, whereas we firmly believe Chris is.
“We are keen for the position to be a long-term appointment that will play a major role in shaping the future on-field progression of QPR. For that reason, it is vitally important that we get the right individual.
“As a Board of Directors, we are determined to make the right appointment in the best interests of the club.
“Premier League survival is our priority in the short term, but in the medium and long term we want to make sure everything is in place, from the Academy upwards, to create a lasting legacy and philosophy at QPR.”
Ramsey was naturally delighted to be given the chance to guide QPR to safety after lifting Rangers out of the bottom three with their first away win (and points) of the season at Sunderland.
He said: “This is a great privilege and an honour for me. I am excited about leading the club between now and the end of the season.
“I believe in this group of players, the staff, and everyone working at the club.
“I’d like to thank the QPR supporters for their support so far and with their backing, I am confident that we can build on Tuesday’s win at Sunderland and start to climb the table.
“During this period, I will still be involved in the running of the Academy for the rest of this season and beyond. Continuity is very important when it comes to the development of young players, which is something I am very mindful of.”