New Queens Park Rangers manager Mark Warburton met with the press for the first time on Wednesday afternoon to outline his thoughts about the 2019/20 campaign.
With his backroom team now in place with John Eustace expectedly confirmed as assistant manager and Neil Banfield coming in as first team coach, we’ve also had confirmation of the retained and released list with Alex Baptiste, Jake Bidwell, Jordan Cousins, Joel Lynch and Pawel Wszolek all departing at the end of their existing deals.
Speaking to Sky Sports Warburton had clearly done his homework on the club, discussing our Financial Fair Play problems and the reality of where we find ourselves on a financial footing going into next season, but he’s confident of instilling an ethos that works given his previous experiences at Brentford.
“I’ve had experience of clubs in a similar situation, at Brentford for example, where I’ve had to build, play young players, use the academy, and use your connections in the game, and hopefully introduce a style of play which the fans will enjoy. The club has had well-documented problems in recent seasons. The job of the board and the owners is to make sure the club is on a sound financial footing. I asked the right questions, I know exactly what we can and can’t do, what we have to do in terms of the season ahead and how we can build a squad. The clarity is there for me. Now we have to go and do a job.”
It’s going to be an interesting summer as he looks to a rebuild of the group and we already knew there would be a continued youthful flavour to things, so maybe there’s hope for some optimism now.