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Opinion: 40-year-old should be considered for vacant QPR position

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Mark Warburton will leave his position as Queens Park Rangers manager at the end of the season after three campaigns of steady progression at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium.

QPR were in the mix for automatic promotion at one stage but fell away dramatically after the turn of the year.

Injuries to key players like Seny Dieng, Chris Willock, Sam McCallum and Lyndon Dykes did not help the club’s bid, but it has been a season of progress nonetheless.

The club have steadied the ship with some sensible business in the transfer market in recent years, and they will be hoping to appoint a new manager in time to deal with players’ expiring contracts and to identify targets for the upcoming window.

Lee Johnson is 11th favourite to take on the job, as it stands with the bookmakers, but has skills and experience that would make him a good fit in West London.

The 40-year-old first stepped into management aged 32, and has enjoyed spells with Oldham Athletic, Barnsley, Bristol City and Sunderland since.

Johnson seemed to be on the verge of breaking into the play-offs with the Robins for a few seasons, and it has been a body of work that has aged very well, with the club slipping down the league since his departure.

Johnson most recently managed Sunderland, reigniting their automatic promotion hopes last season before falling just short and losing out in the play-offs.

The Black Cats were devastating at their best in the first half of the season under Johnson, and remained in the automatic promotion conversation, before a 6-0 loss at Bolton Wanderers saw Johnson sacked and the club fell away from the top two.

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QPR will continue their sustainable approach next season in the Championship, and could be interested in bringing in younger players as they have in the last few summer windows.

Lee Johnson would be very well-suited to integrating them into the first team, and looking to build on the strong foundations that Warburton has left at the club, having been in a similar position previously with Bristol City.

Liam Manning is the current favourite, but if Milton Keynes Dons kick on to win promotion via the play-offs he may become unobtainable.


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