Loftus ambitions: Ex-Chelsea boss Scolari in the frame for QPR job
16 April 2009 10:54
Luiz Felipe Scolari has emerged as a shock contender to take the hot seat at Queens Park Rangers.
Hands up if you want a job: Former Chelsea boss Luiz Felipe Scolari
The Brazilian has been out of work since being sacked by Chelsea in February and both he and his wife Olga are said to be keen to stay in London.
Peterbrough boss Darren Ferguson is QPR's No 1 choice to succeed Paulo Sousa - Scolari's former assistant with Portugal - who was sacked last week.
But Rangers are aware that it could be difficult to persuade an English manager to work at Loftus Road under colourful chairman and part-owner Flavio Briatore, who is also the Renault Formula One team boss.
Joining a Championship club, albeit an ambitious one, would be a step down for a coach who has won the World Cup with Brazil, was idolised with Portugal, and claimed countless domestic titles in his homeland.
But the 60-year-old says he has plenty of offers and will study them before returning to work in the summer.
'My agent has received a number of offers, some of them from clubs at a very high level and some longer-term projects,' he said. 'I will study everything very calmly and make my decision at the end of May or the beginning of June.
'But I have decided to keep on working in Europe - I've already forgotten about what happened with Chelsea, even though it was a hugely important experience in my life.'
Scolari said recently he would like to finish his career with hisPorto Alegre hometown club Gremio, but fancies another shot at makingit in Europe before going back to Brazil.
Gremio sacked their boss Celso Roth earlier this month, but they arelooking at other targets after Scolari made his position clear.