QPR have made contact with Tim Sherwood about becoming the club’s next manager but no deal has yet been agreed.
Derby boss Steve McClaren and Real Madrid assistant coach Paul Clement are also in the frame to replace Harry Redknapp, 67, who resigned on Tuesday.
QPR chairman Tony Fernandes is keen to bring in a young manager with a focus on nurturing young talent.
The club hope to make an appointment next week and at least by the time they play at Hull on 21 February.
“We the board will hire someone who cares, thinks long term, wants to be involved in developing the academy, has coaching skills, will play young players and is a winner,” said Fernandes.
“The names that fans are mentioning to me are names that we are going to consider. I would say three interviews will be done. All fan feedback has been taken in.”
Sherwood, 45, is without a job after parting company with Tottenhamin May 2014 following five months in charge.
McClaren is familiar to Fernandes, the former England manager having joined QPR as a coach under Redknapp in July 2013.
However, the 53-year-old is trying to steer Derby, who are second in the Championship, to promotion to the Premier League.
Clement, 43, has been assistant to manager Carlo Ancelotti at Chelsea, Paris St-Germain and currently at Real Madrid.
He also has links to QPR with his father Dave Clement having played for the club in the 1960s and 1970s.
QPR have also confirmed coaches Glenn Hoddle and Joe Jordan have left following the departure of Redknapp.