Not even the lure of acquiring Radek Cerny nor the comforts of a Brentford apartment were enough keep Luigi De Canio at Queens Park Rangers after a mere 6 months in charge writes the Times’ Gary Jacob :

Queens Park Rangers parted company with Luigi De Canio (above, left) yesterday but could not put to bed rumours that they have lined up Zinédine Zidane as a replacement. The former France captain has been discussed as a successor with the knowledge of Flavio Briatore, the co-owner of the Coca-Cola Championship club, but it is unclear whether the Italian is willing to match his ambition with a significant outlay to try to secure a deal.

As a signal of Briatore™s intentions, QPR are close to signing a deal with Real Madrid to loan players between the clubs. Briatore™s discussions with Ramón Calderón, his friend and the Madrid president, prompted Zidane to be mentioned as a possible manager at Loftus Road. Also under consideration are Sam Allardyce and Steve McClaren, should the club decide to appoint an English manager.

Bernie Ecclestone, the QPR co-owner, denied that he had spoken to Zidane. œI can say 100 per cent categorically ˜no™ to stories that we have spoken to Zidane, Ecclestone said. œWe have known for six months that the coach would be leaving and we have to draw up the shortlist, but Zidane™s name is not on it.

Let me be the first to propose Rangers bring back Gerry Francis for a third spell a Stuporhoops manager. I don’t actually think he’d do a particularly good job, but it would be fantastic to see him Briatore combing each other’s hair, just once.