The dismissal of Neil Warnock as QPR manager is regrettable but, given recent results, not surprising. Over the last few weeks fans have been watching the same mistakes and the same weaknesses in the team appear time and again. The decline in our league position reflects this. Few managers, no matter what their experience and the respect in which they are held, will survive such a depressing run of results.
It would have been wonderful for Neil Warnock to have the fairy tale ending to his career he wanted with Rangers’ safety in the Premier League assured and the opportunity to select his own successor on his retirement. Unfortunately fairy tales rarely happen in football. However, nightmares do and we will never forget Neil Warnock for his work in waking QPR from the nightmare of the last four years under the previous owners. His work and experience restored Rangers to the Premier League after 15 long years , turned Adel Taarabt from a liability to a hero, gave us two legends in Derry and Hill, showed why Paddy Kenny was so poorly treated by his previous club, unearthed an international footballer in Jamie Mackie, and took the pressure off the team by his positive and relaxed statements to the press.
The final legacy of Ecclestone and Briatore’s reign was Warnock being left high and dry in the close season and having to make do with free transfers and not his first choice targets. We concur totally with Warnock’s comments in his farewell statement. Once again we hope that the next manager will be given time in the role and the resources to prove himself.