Ale Faurlin has described what it was like working under Neil Warnock at Queens Park Rangers.
Faurlin arrived at QPR in 2009, and Warnock in 2010, but it was in 2011 when the pair achieved something special.
The Argentine was an integral member of the QPR side that lifted the Championship title that year, playing 40 times in the league and scoring three goals.
In his early days at QPR, Faurlin became a hugely popular member of the first-team, and his best days certainly came under Warnock.
Speaking to Loft For Words about the 71-year-old, and what it was like to play for him, Faurlin said:
“Neil won’t give you a lot of direction on tactics, but he will make you feel like you want to destroy the guy in front of you. You want to give the best of you for your teammates, he’s very special in bringing that out of everybody.”
Warnock has long been known as more of a motivator than a tactician, but whatever he said and did in those dressing rooms clearly worked.
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He achieved a career eight promotions in 39 years of management, but only won the title on two occasions – the 1986/87 Conference with Scarborough, and then the Championship with QPR.
“Straight away he pushed the right buttons and got us winning games,” said Faurlin. “He changed the mentality. We came through a situation that was dark, we had so many loan players, loan players, loan players.
“It wasn’t a group, it was just individuals playing, thrown on the pitch with nobody playing for nobody. It was a tough season for us and in the end we just made it work and he was the most important key in that.”
Warnock so often found a way of galvanising good sides, but not great ones, into promotion contenders. QPR is a prime example of that, and he did it with the likes of Sheffield United and Cardiff City too.
Faurlin flourished under Warnock, and they’re two figures that QPR fans will only have cherished memories of.
Faurlin’s extended interview about his time at QPR was a really interesting read.
He was a huge player in that 2010/11 season, with Warnock getting the very best out of the majority of his players that year. A true legend of the game, and one who might yet make a return to the dugout.