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‘A risk that could really pay off’ – 45-year-old on QPR’s radar: Opinion

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QPR are considering Rotherham United manager Paul Warne as a potential replacement for the recently sacked Steve McClaren.

Warne, 45, has won many admirers after getting Rotherham promoted from League One at the first time of asking last season, and keeping the Millers competitive in the Championship this campaign, though they do currently sit inside the relegation places, one point adrift of safety.

According to HITC, Warne’s success at Rotherham has drawn attention from those in charge at QPR, who are now considering a move to bring him in place of McClaren, who was sacked on Monday following a run of just one win in 15 games.

So, would Warne be a good appointment at Loftus Road?

We asked some of our FLW writers for their thoughts…

George Harbey

“I’m really not sure about this one.

“Obviously Warne has done a fantastic job at Rotherham, and is continuing to do so with the club still desperately trying to avoid the drop.

“I think are much better options out there though, and I think QPR would be wasting their time too.

“He’ll never leave at this stage of the season.”

Sam Rourke

“I’m not sure about this.

“Warne has done a sterling job at Rotherham United this season on what is a tight budget at the New York Stadium, and he knows that team inside, out.


“I just worry that at a club like QPR, he’s going to be expected to hit the ground running ASAP, and he perhaps may not be given enough time to implement his ideas and philosophies at Loftus Road.

“I just fear this may be outside his comfort zone.”

George Brooks

“Potentially.

“Although Rotherham are involved in a relegation battle at the moment, Warne has still done a good job as manager and could be a good fit for QPR.

“He won promotion to the Championship last season and has proved that he can achieve success on a limited budget.

“This is something that will no doubt impress QPR as they make their decision on McClaren’s successor.”

Louie Chandler

“This is a risk that could really pay off.

“Warne is not long into the managerial game but has been very impressive during his time with Rotherham.

“Whether he can transfer that to a club like QPR is another matter, but if it does they could have a manager for the next four or five years.”

Toby Wilding

“Warne’s work at Rotherham has been immensely impressive, but you wonder whether he could do it at a club like QPR, who will likely have greater aspirations than Rotherham’s aim of simply staying in the Championship.

“It’s also worth remembering that given his history with Rotherham, making almost 300 appearances in eight seasons over two spells with the club, Warne may not wish to leave them in the lurch with so little of the season left to play and so much still to play for.

“This could be one to revisit in the summer.”

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