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2 pros and 2 cons to QPR appointing 37-year-old as Warburton’s replacement

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Queens Park Rangers are currently on the lookout for a new manager after the club recently announced that Mark Warburton is set to leave when his contract expires.

Warburton will take charge of his final game this weekend when the R’s travel to Wales to face Swansea City in the Championship.

With the transfer window set to open next month, QPR may find it beneficial to act quickly when it comes to recruiting a new boss as it will give the chosen individual more time to put his own stamp on the club’s squad ahead of the 2022/23 campaign.

One of the individuals who has recently emerged as a potential target for the R’s is James Rowberry.

According to Football Insider, Rowberry is a top contender for the QPR job.

Here, we have decided to take a look at 2 pros and 2 cons to QPR appointing the 37-year-old as Warburton’s replacement…

Pro: Rowberry has deployed an exciting, attacking brand of football at Newport County

Since being handed over the reins at Newport County, Rowberry has been determined to deploy an exciting, attacking brand of football in League Two.

During the 32 league games that he has overseen, the Exiles have managed to find the back of the net on 50 occasions.

One of the individuals at Newport who has benefitted the most from Rowberry’s presence is Dom Telford who has managed to find the back of the net on 25 occasions in the fourth-tier this season.

By getting the best out of QPR’s attacking players, Rowberry may be able to take the club to new heights next season.

Pro: Rowberry has played a similar system at Newport this season compared to QPR’s tactical set-up

As well as deploying a 4-4-2 diamond formation at Newport, Rowberry has also used a three-man defence on numerous occasions.

When you consider that Warburton has also used three centre-backs on a regular basis at QPR during the current campaign, the club’s current crop of players may not take too long to adapt to Rowberry’s style of play.

Con: Rowberry has never worked at Championship level as a manager before

QPR will unquestionably be taking a risk by appointing Rowberry as Warburton’s replacement as he has never worked as a manager at Championship level.

When you consider that this division is known for its competitiveness, the R’s may find it more beneficial to appoint someone who has previously achieved a relative amount of success instead of taking a punt on Rowberry.

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If QPR are determined to launch a promotion push next season, they simply cannot afford to make a mistake when it comes to their recruitment.

Con: Newport have fallen away at the most crucial stage of the season under the guidance of Rowberry

Newport were seemingly on course to seal a place in the play-offs earlier this year after embarking on a seven-game unbeaten run in League Two.

However, the Exiles suffered a dip in form at the most important stage of the season as they lost five of their next seven matches.

Due to this worrying run of form, Newport were eliminated from play-off contention and are now planning for another season in the fourth-tier.

Given that QPR also failed to deliver the goods during the closing stages of the 2021/22 campaign, they may risk the possibility of suffering the same fate next year if they opt to appoint Rowberry.


Freelance writer for Football League World. Previously worked for 90min & GiveMeSport.

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