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Ainsworth offered R's backing
06 Nov 2008 - 09:35:41
Queens Park Rangers vice-chairman Amit Bhatia has confirmed that caretaker manager Gareth Ainsworth is in charge of team selection at Loftus Road.
Reports had suggested that former boss Iain Dowie left the club due to problems with chairman Flavio Briatore over who picked the team, but Bhatia says that that is not the case.
He told The Daily Telegraph: "A lot has been said about Flavio picking the team.
"I don't know how involved other owners or other chairmen are, but at our club we care a great deal and as a result we might be more hands-on than most people.
"But we respect the fact that the manager is there to do a job and the team selected, regardless of what anybody around us says, has to be the manager's.
"If Gareth is the best man for the job, then we have to give him a fair shot at it. He may not have much experience of being a manager, but he has the respect of all of the players.
"It is only fair that Gareth gets the chance that he deserves."