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 By PA Sport

Chris Ramsey would move back into academy role with QPR

Queens Park Rangers manager Chris Ramsey talked on Thursday ahead of Saturday's Premier League game at West Bromwich Albion.

Queens Park Rangers boss Chris Ramsey has revealed he would not object to taking his old job back at Loftus Road next season, insisting he could work under another manager if it meant securing his financial future.

Ramsey was appointed permanent manager in February, having been promoted from his role in charge of the Rangers academy following the shock resignation of Harry Redknapp.

Five consecutive defeats, however, have left the club second bottom of the table and chairman Tony Fernandes is reportedly considering West Ham's Sam Allardyce and Bournemouth's Eddie Howe to take the reins in the summer.

The former Tottenham coach admitted on Thursday the speculation was "a concern" but says he is not in a position to be picky about what his next position might be.

"I don't think I've got that luxury," Ramsey said. "I've got a mortgage and university fees to pay, I don't think I've got the luxury to decide whether I'm going to be a manager again or a coach.

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"That's where I'm unique in comparison to a lot of people, I've done every job at a football club.

"I'm from north London and a humble background. My road in life is to look after my family and make sure I don't end up selling the Evening Standard outside Leicester Square station.

"That's what I'm trying to do really, make sure I secure my future.

"I would be happy doing whatever the owners feel is my role at the club."

Ramsey continued: "If a new manager was to come in and I had to take a different step, not a backwards step, a different step, it would depend on how that manager would see having a shadow around the place.

"I wouldn't feel aggrieved to have to go back to do what I did before."

Rangers face West Brom on Saturday and Aston Villa three days later in what appear to be crucial games as they sit four points adrift of safety with eight games left to play.

Ramsey has been determined to keep any "doom and gloom" away from the training ground over the international break and says he reduces his own stress by keeping a sense of perspective.

"The main thing I'm thinking about is the fans and the owners, that's my nagging feeling, I want to do well for those people," Ramsey said.

"From my point of view, outside of this bubble here, people go to work on trains and in offices.

"My family have people who are doing well and not doing well at school, you have to live as normal a life as you can."

He continued: "I listen to music and play FIFA with my son. I'm always the Classic Team as I'm so useless and my son beats me all the time, believe it or not I have trouble scoring goals in that as well.

"I just try my best to not make football something that engulfs my life outside."

Rangers fans could be forgiven for feeling envious of Saturday's opponents West Brom, whose decision to appoint Tony Pulis manager in January has seen the club climb eight points clear of the bottom three.

Pulis was named Premier League Manager of the Year after performing a similar transformation at Crystal Palace last season, and Ramsey believes the former Stoke boss is underrated.

"I take inspiration from Tony because I respect him as a man and as a coach and as a manager," Ramsey said.

"Tony gets a very bad reputation for the way he plays.

"What he does is he goes into places and assesses what the players need and gets the best out of the players at the clubs he goes to.

"That doesn't necessarily mean it is going to work all the time but I would say he is one of the top English coaches in the country."

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