Sky Sports News this evening spoke to ex-QPR palyer/manager, Ray Wilkins, on the latest manager to walk through that revolving door (albeit 22 months after walking in through it!)
Whilst not being surprised at this turn of events, Wilkins did admit to sadness and disappointment that Warnock has lost his job, observing that, despite our recent poor run of form, we had played some lovely football this season.
Wilkins praised our achievements in winning promotion last season, getting out of a very difficult, tough league. He hoped that, having gained Premier League status, we would now be able to keep it, because, in Wilkins’ opinion, ‘they are a smashing Club, QPR!’, but acknowledged that only time will tell if this is the correct decision (as many have debated on Vital QPR over the past few days!)
Wilkins suggested that there may have been ‘disagreements somewhere along the line,’ in respect of our transfer policy this month. Did Fernandes not want Warnock to spend money with no guarantee of a return? Or was Warnock’s choices too ambitious and too costly? That we will never know!
QPR fans are in a state of shock over this news – as attested by the traffic on our Vital QPR site as well as elsewhere. But are we really that surprised? Surely, in our hearts, we must have known this was coming? I said something to that effect yesterday to one of my fellow travelling fans at MK Dons when we went 1-0 down – along the lines of ‘if this if the final result, that could well hasten the demise of Warnock’s tenure as our manager!’ But when Helguson equalised – however late and however unlikely that was – I was hugely relieved and thought that had bought Warnock a reprieve!
Who will we bring in now? Is it Mark Hughes as the bookies seem to think? Suggestions are that Warnock would not have been let go at this stage if someone wasn’t already in the wings! But will that manager have time to assess our current squad and, if necessary (as we all believe it is), bring in the right type and calibre of player. Will he have the time?
Wilkins’ thoughts? ‘There are a lot of good guys out there at the moment who would be only too delighted to take on the manager’s role at Queens Park Rangers. It is an up-and-coming Club. I think we have seen the ambition of the Chairman, Mr Fernandes, and he wants to do extremely well.
‘Now, he has made a very, very bold decision, he and his Board; and he will be very, very interested in seeing the new guy who comes in. And yes! There will be an immediate discussion (about new players) because they do need players to reinforce the squad they already have; because, to maintain their Premier League status, they are going to need 3 or 4 new ones(players!)’
ven Wilkins does think it’s possible that our new manager will be: Mark Hughes – his record will have to be examined at Blackburn, Fulham and Manchester City. Wilkins thinks he has done a ‘fantastic job and has a fantastic team behind him’ – watch this space!
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