After a slow start from the Rs in the return of football, 3 losses on the bounce has led to a number of QPR fans questioning the future of Mark Warburton as Rs manager. With the Rs sat just 8 points off the bottom 3 alarm bells have started ringing with concerned fans. Some believe it’s just a bad spell of form and the players need to wake up, whereas others think Warburton is to blame and QPR need to get rid of him before we sink any lower. I for one, am pro Warburton and believe he is the right man to lead the Rs forward and today I am going to back up my opinion with 5 points as to why I think he’s the man for the job…
- Changing managers isn’t working – The Rs are known for being a club that take no prisoners when it comes to managers, infact we’ve had 9 different managers in 5 years which clearly, hasn’t gone very well. This is exactly why we need to stop changing managers when the going gets tough! QPR is the definition of ‘ups and downs’, and we wouldn’t have it any other way, but swapping managers and calling for the gaffer to be sacked after a few sour performances just isn’t right, let’s stick with him and allow him to build the type of squad that he wants and believes can propel the Rs another step towards challenging [further up the table].
- He brings the best out of players- He does, doesn’t he? Bright Osayi-Samuel, a player that until Warbs came in, had registered 3 goals in 45 league games for the Rs, now being regarded as one of the best players in the league with 5 goals and 8 assists this season. Dominic Ball, released by league 1 side Rotherham and considered a ‘poor signing’ by Rs fans, has absolutely excelled this season, becoming not only a fan favourite but one of the best defensive midfielders we’ve had in years, a Rotherham reject turned good! That deserves some praise right? And let’s not forget the star boy, Ebere Eze, played 42 games last season and got 7 G/A, plays under Warburton for a season and hes now on 20 G/A so far and being tipped for a £20 million move to the premier league. Warburton has bought belief into the dressing room which has proved oh so valuable this season with these players and that is reason number 2 why we should want him to stay.
- He doesn’t need a huge budget – It’s no secret were a club that doesn’t have the transfer budget of dreams, having spent £50,000 in our last 3 transfer windows, Rs fans were not at all hopeful when Warburton came in and the transfer window opened but nobody can deny the fact he’s bought in some great players for virtually nothing. Conor Masterson, Dom Ball, Yoanne Barbet, 3 of our best players this season and they didn’t cost us a penny. Jordan Hugill, Nakhi Wells and Luke Amos all loaned in, 3 players that have at times looked superb this season. And this is exactly what QPR want and need, a manager that can work with the tiny budget and bring in players that perform like they have a hefty price tag. Warbs knows where to look and who to look it and isn’t spending millions in the process, a breath of fresh air for a club like QPR who are known for offering ridiculous fees and ridiculous wages to money grabbers. Mark has bought in fresh, young talent who play for the badge and quite frankly I think hes doing a superb job at making the club look more attractive to youngsters breaking through.
- Exciting and expansive football – Exciting and expansive, 2 words you’d never expect being described about QPR, but this season its deserved. This season the Rs have played some of the best football we have seen them play in years, millions of people viewed our team goal against Stoke, the first time in years the Rs have been praised for their play. Not only this but we actually look exciting, the defence could do with a scrub up but this team scores goals, 6 past Cardiff, 5 past Swansea…when was the last time QPR scored 6 in a game?! No matter how this season ends, we’ve got to give credit to Warbs for making QPR exciting again, something only a manager with passion and commitment to the job could do.
- He’s almost there – This season has been a rollercoaster for the Rs, but for once we were never too close to the bottom 3. Warburton came into a complete mess of a club and started clearing it up straight away, got rid of the dead wood and bought in fresh talent without spending a penny. This is his first season at the club and he’s changed the outlook already, before football stopped we were 2nd in the form table and absolutely flying but unfortunately that form was cut short by COVID, though that doesn’t take away from the fact that we actually believed play offs was a possibility for the first time since we were relegated. All these points I’ve made about Warburton are positive things he’s done, and he’s been here for 1 season, it takes some managers years before they can mould the club how they want it [to be], but Warbs has made considerable progress already and is starting to prove that the Warburton way, could well be the right way.
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Written by Olly Clayton