Tony Fernandes described it as the toughest decision of his life, but the decision to sack Neil Warnock may well prove to be the right one come May.
QPR’s recent form two points from their last eight games is poor and having needed a late goal to save their blushes in the FA cup at the MK Dons yesterday something needed to be done before it was too late.
For me there is a similarity with what the
West Brom board did twelve months ago when they removed Roberto Di Matteo out of the blue. At the time the baggies had impressed in the opening part of the season but had only won one out of Di Matteo’s last ten games in charge.
Under Warnock they were set for a return to the Championship. He is an entertaining man certainly, but at the top of the game he just is not quite up to it, there is no doubt he deserved this final shot at the big time.
He has been let down badly by the players he brought in over the last few days of the window, Joey Barton and Shaun Wright Phillips have come in on big money and have not delivered.
Having said this it was never going to last, throughout the summer there were constant rumours of various big name managers being drafted in I am surprised he managed to see in 2012 in all honesty.
The QPR board will have taken a look at the Martin O’Neil appointment at
Sunderland and they way he has lifted them easily away from the drop zone, and will be looking for a similar impact when the new man comes in.
Going forward from here there is only one man for me who can do the job and that is Mark Hughes. Forget your big European names Hughes is the man for QPR. He has the connections and I am amazed that he has not been snapped up by another club since his departure from Craven Cottage.
Whoever is appointed the deal will be done very quickly because the board will want to give enough time to bring in players.
Over the next couple of weeks you can expect something of a revolving door at
Loftus Road as they will need to ensure their top flight status.