I’m not sure quite how to feel about this report.
Part of me is surprised that they’re actually thinking about it, whilst the other part of me is actually quite excited about the prospect of it, a third part of me that thinks it’s not the right move at all, and a fourth is sceptical about whether or not it would happen at all. It’s all very up in the air.
According to a report from TeamTalk QPR are thinking about axing current boss Mark Warburton and replacing him with former hoop and current Wycombe Wanderers manager Gareth Ainsworth.
Let’s break this down one by one.
Surprised. Even though I said last week that it’s never too early to question whether or not it’s right to sack a manager this early in his managerial rein, for them to actually be considering it is still a little bit shocking to me. Whilst I finished off the piece by saying ‘the sooner they can replace him the better’, I didn’t expect that talk to come right away, maybe sooner towards the January transfer window, or maybe even after if things didn’t improve straight away with the latest influx of players.
Excited. That being said, I won’t hide the fact that I don’t think Warburton is the right man for the job, based on his record in the Championship, so in that sense, anyone but Warburton would be a bit of an upgrade, as mentioned last week.
Not the right move. That being said, Ainsworth doesn’t have a good record in the division by default, because he hasn’t managed in the division at all. And whilst he is clearly a manager on the rise, given his performances over the years at Adams Park and their slow progression up the leagues, he’s just not the man that QPR need if they are to challenge for promotion right away. If they were near the bottom and wanted someone to ‘steady the ship’, it would be a fine move, but it’s not ambitious enough.
Sceptical. Plus, there’s whether or not he’d be willing to take the job. Whilst the club did manage to appoint Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink back in 2015 when Burton Albion were top of League One, much like Wycombe are now, that doesn’t mean that Ainsworth would be willing to make the same leap.
Would you take Ainsworth as manager at this moment in time?
So whilst a potential move away from Warburton might be a good one, I’m not quite sure if appointing someone like Ainsworth would be the right way to go about it, even if he is a ‘legend’ at Loftus Road.