Monday, 9 January 2012

Warnock Gone, But Not Forgotten

After the shock sacking, (well shock to some) of Neil Warnock on Sunday evening this leaves QPR in a very sticky situation. I said in my last blog on 22/12/11 that Warnock was in trouble. Now having got rid of the man who got them promoted to the Premier League after a good 15 years in the wilderness, the next appointment could be the most important in their history.

First I think every QPR fan would want to thank Warnock for what he did with the club in very difficult circumstances. The fans will have some very happy memories of him. He will go down in Rangers history and the fans will always have a special place for him. However they will want to remember him for the good things he did, and things were going bad. In the Premier League Warnock has been found out before. At Sheffield United he took them down and blamed everyone else. It was West Ham’s fault, Tevez fault, Liverpool’s fault for fielding a weaken team Fulham, the excuses came thick and fast but he never blamed himself.

This Season at QPR started well, but they have been found out at home by other mangers and teams and how easy it is to beat them. His team selections at times have been questionable. His choice to play strikers as wingers and publically grilling of players on the pitch after games when it would be better in the dressing room does not help. You may get away with these stunts in the Championship, where he is a fantastic manager, but in the big league it doesn’t wash. Remember the Premier League is 38 testing difficult games, where as in the football league it 46 games and you can easily go 8 games without a win and still turn it round with ease and get into a play-off position.

The media love him because they know you will be guaranteed a classic quote or quality sound bite. That is why his dismissal has been deemed ‘unlucky’ by most of the national press. In reality he is not enough for the Premier League.

Who QPR get next will be massive, at the minute it looks like Mark Hughes and with the players QPR have been linked with they all have worked with him before.

Whatever happens QPR have some massive games coming up and this will be once again interesting times at Loftus Road.

1 comment:

  1. Niall said...

    I think it's a shame about Neil Warnock because he's a good man manager but like you say, you gotta have more about you to have any kind of Premier league success.

    Tony Pulis is a similar kind of manager to Warnock in his no-nonsense man-management style but where he's adapted well to the Prem is in realising that he had to have more about him as a manager ie: better understanding tactically, being shrewd in the transfer market & in creating a brand of football & philosophy that personifies his team. Everybody respects Stoke as being a difficult team to play away & understands that they have a particular style of play that makes them worthy opponents week in week out in the Prem.

    Warnock didn't learn from the good things that managers like Pulis & Allardyce (when he was at Bolton) did to convert their teams into good ones in the Prem & ultimately that's why his time was cut short at QPR.

    The next move is crucial for QPR- I think Hughes is a good manager & probably the right choice in terms of taking them onto the next level as a solid Prem side