Date: 25th November 2019 at 6:30pm
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I hate to say I told you so but, I kind told you so.

I said before the game, that Mark Warburton needed to go with Matt Smith in midfield, purely because in a game like that, against a Fulham team who are so good and comfortable with possession of the ball, that the best thing QPR could do was try to play them at their own game, and keep the ball off them.

Low and behold, how did the winner come about on Friday night? We gave the ball away cheaply, and that allowed Fulham to turn around and score.

You could tell on Friday night that a change was coming, but Warburton failed to react to it. In the early stages, even the Fulham Twitter account noted just how much pressure the home side were under in the early stages, but when the tide began to turn in the second half in their favour, Warburton failed to do anything about it and just let the pressure come onto us.

Whilst it wouldn’t be right to call Warburton an ‘inexperienced’ manager, given that he has managed over 200 games in his career so far, but it’s something like that which makes me wonder if he’s still got some way to go before we can consider him good enough to get the club in a position to challenge for promotion.

And whilst it’s not a completely fair comparison to make given the talent at his disposal, but if Scott Parker can make the changes when under pressure despite being vastly less experienced than Warburton, it should have been something that the Rangers boss should have been able to do as well.

As I spoke about last week, Warburton has found himself in a position where he has already exceeded some expectations with this QPR squad, but that doesn’t mean he should be given a completely free pass when it comes to this season.

Is Mark Warburton the right man to take QPR into the top flight?

Yes

Yes

No

No

If the club are serious about getting the team into the Premier League as soon as possible, then they need to make sure that they have the head coach to do it, and unless he can consistently make the right decisions, even if they don’t always come off, then you have to question if Warburton is really at the right club.

 

2 Replies to “One key decision on Friday should give an indication about Warburton’s future – Opinion”

  • I think mark Warburton is doing a great job with what he has got at his disposal I like the football he plays it’s not rocket science to see that we are short at the back and some backing in January would be nice the only thing I didn’t like that he done Friday night was I didn’t understand why he took Amos of who ithought was our best player on the night .

  • The Owners of Q.P.R. need to stick with Mark Warburton. It is after all going to take some time before his team will play his style of football. Only a few weeks ago talk was about getting in to the play-offs. The manager has added value to the team. Players like Eze , Manning .Ilias Chair , have all been transformed under Warburton. The value of these players has rose thanks to Warburton. If Manning is sold in January then I believe the owners will allow Warburton to spend the money. All the Great Teams stick with their manager for at least 2 years. Look at Ipswich Town. They went down last season , but the owners have stood by their manager & as a result Ipswich Town look set to go back up this season. Maybe a few less risks taken at the back by the goalkeeper would help. Instead of trying to play it out , sometimes a more direct route needs to be used. Yes let the goalkeeper play the ball out to the wings , but say to the goalkeeper NEVER play out to the middle , centre of your defense as it was on Friday night. We need to remain calm & accept that during the managers first season in charge there will be times when results are not good. Changing a manager is not the answer. The owners & manager need to work together for the good of the club. If the manager is given the time to establish his style of play with his players then I believe Q.P.R. will return to the Premiership. Mark Warburton is aware that the defense needs sorting. If he is allowed the time & money this can be sorted & a Top Six place will not be just a dream , but a reality. Fulham , Derby, Notts Forest , W.B.A. , Leeds will all be expected to be in the Top Six come the end of the season. The players seem to like the manager. Please stick with the manager as he is bringing a more attractive style of football to the club.

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