Mark Warburton does not expect to renew his contract with Queens Park Rangers, meaning he will leave the west London team after a disappointing season
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The manager, who is completing his third season with the west London club, does not expect to be retained after his contract expires this summer. This follows a dramatic dip in QPR’s form in the second half of the season after comfortably sitting in the play-off spots at the end of January.
Since then, Warburton’s team has recorded just three wins in 17 games. It’s a sad demise for Warburton, who quickly became a fan favorite early in his tenure in the 2019-20 season with a team built around Ebere Eze and made the best of Nahki Wells, Jordan Hugill and Bright Osayi. Samuel.
After Eze’s sale, the start of the 2020/21 season has been a challenging one, but the loan signings of Charlie Austin, Stefan Johansen, Jordy de Wijs and Sam Field started a run of form that raised high hopes for this season. While promotion in this campaign has never been a requirement for QPR, the play-offs were beginning to look like a certainty – while Friday’s game against Sheffield United is now effectively a dead gum for the Rs.
Warburton spoke about his future on Thursday morning and admitted, per West London SportIf he stayed, “contract talks would have already been held”. always be like this.
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“We all have weaknesses and flaws but I can honestly say that will never change and no matter what job I’m in I’m going to be very demanding and you do the job to the best of your ability. You never speak ill of the club, individuals in the club and lay your head down with your staff and get the job done.
“But the owners write the checks, it’s their money going into a football club and whether you agree with that or not doesn’t matter, it’s their choice and their prerogative.
“You live and die by choices, and if you’re lucky enough to be there, just try to do your best. I don’t expect to be here (next season) but I’ll do the job as best as I can from here and see what happens after that.”
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Warburton is QPR’s longest-serving manager since Ian Holloway’s first tenure from 2001 to 2006. Fans will be divided on the decision to let him go, having fallen in love with the free-flowing football of Warburton’s teams early on — but have seen The quality of performances decreases during this season.
But it’s easy to point to times when Warburton has turned around that kind of form before, including last season when he was on the verge of being sacked after a 2-0 defeat by Swansea.
Many will worry about the club’s poor record in manager appointments – with the sacking of Neil Warnock and the appointment of Mark Hughes after a poor first half of the 2011/12 Premier League season still leaving a sour taste .
And Warburton’s predecessor Steve McClaren was never a firm favorite either, often frustrating fans with his team picks and tactical setup.
A host of popular managers are available, including Daniel Farke and Sean Dyche, but for a club that had the sixth-lowest wage total in the league in 2019/20, according to Swiss Ramble, those names may not be realistic.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/mark-warburton-leaving-qpr-championship-26820092 Mark Warburton will leave QPR after slowly sliding down the championship table