Pascal Chimbonda has revealed that he felt let down by Neil Warnock after the then QPR boss didn’t keep his word about giving the full-back regular game time.
The once-capped French international enjoyed a very successful playing career that saw him turn out for Wigan and Tottenham most notably in this country. However, he had spells down the leagues in his later years, with one short spell coming in the Championship with the R’s.
Whilst the 2010/11 season is one that all fans of the London outfit will recall fondly, as they won the title, it isn’t one that Chimbonda reflects on with much happiness.
The right-back arrived at Loftus Road in January 2011 on a free transfer having being told he could leave Blackburn but he didn’t make the impact that he would have wanted in the capital, as he couldn’t force his way into Warnock’s best XI. In total, he made just three appearances for the R’s in the final months of the campaign and he explained to The Athletic how he was upset with how Warnock handled his time at the club.
“He says come to QPR, you’ll play every game. But then I don’t play and he didn’t say to my face why. There was no communication, it was strange.”
The experienced manager then decided to let Chimbonda go when his short-term contract expired in the summer and he would join Doncaster Rovers, before going on to play for Carlisle United as well. QPR would spend two years in the Premier League after the defender left, although Warnock didn’t complete the full season in charge as he was dismissed in January when the side were in the relegation zone.