Queens Park Rangers will be looking ahead to their upcoming game against Preston North End this Saturday, as the Hoops return to Loftus Road hoping to end their lengthy run without a win.
The R’s come off the back of a 1-1 draw against Derby County at Pride Park last Saturday in the Championship, which saw their run without a win extended to seven games.
QPR’s last league victory was on October 19th, against Hull City at the KCOM Stadium. In that time, they have picked up three points out of a possible twenty-one available.
The Hoops sit in 16th place in the Championship, with the recent sequence of poor results having a drastic effect on their league position.
In mid-October, QPR were as high as fourth place, highlighting their fall from grace. As a result, the pressure on Mark Warburton is at its highest point since the 57-year-old took charge at Loftus Road in the summer.
With that in mind, reports have surfaced that QPR are seriously considering to relieve Warburton of his duties and moving in for former Hoops midfielder and current Wycombe Wanderers manager, Gareth Ainsworth.
QPR fans have come out to address the rumours, with a number of them prepared to give Warburton the time he needs to turn it around in W12, as they see appointing Ainsworth as a backwards step. The 46-year-old made 146 appearances for Queens Park Rangers, scoring 21 goals.
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Ainsworth retired as a player at Wycombe and took caretaker charge of the club in 2012. He has since remained at Adams Park for over seven years. That makes him the longest serving manager in the top four divisions of English football.
His side is top of the League One table, hence the interest from other clubs for his services. Ainsworth was also linked with the roles at Millwall and Sunderland earlier this season.
QPR fans will be wary despite the sentiment. This is Ainsworth’s second season managing Wycombe in League One. The Championship is a notable step up from the third tier.
In contrast, QPR is the third Championship side that Mark Warburton has taken charge at, showing that experience of the league is on his side.
Despite that, QPR could soon be at a crossroads. If results do not improve, the board may take things into their own hands. That makes the upcoming game against Preston one of paramount importance for all concerned.