It’s been a long time coming, but it finally looks as though Queens Park Rangers are about to confirm the identity of the man who will step into the Loftus Road dugout next season, and not a moment too late.
After sacking manager Steve McClaren at the start of April following a run of just one win in 15 games, Rangers have seen a long list of names linked with McClaren’s now vacant position, while on the pitch the club have meandered unconvincingly towards Championship survival after a second half of the season that badly needs to be addressed if they are to keep themselves in the second tier beyond next season.
The man who looks set to be tasked with doing that, is Mark Warburton, with reports claiming that the 56-year-old is set to be confirmed at Loftus Road imminently.
Given the situation that Rangers find themselves in, then the appointment of Warburton could well prove to be a masterstroke on the part of those behind the scenes at Loftus Road, if Warburton’s previous experience in the capital is anything to go by.
That previous experience for Warburton came at Rangers’ local rivals Brentford, who, in little more than a year and a half as manager there following backroom spells elsewhere around the club, he led from League One right the way through to The Championship play-offs – despite his time in the second tier with the club being dominated by reports around his own future beyond the end of the season following a dispute with the owner over transfers.
If Warburton, however, is to replicate that form again with Rangers, then it is entirely possible that Brentford’s loss then, will be QPR’s gain now.
There can be no doubting the challenges that will face Warburton when he arrives at Loftus Road. He is taking charge of a side that has won just three games this year, and will be behind just about every other team in the division when it comes to planning for the upcoming campaign.
Warburton does, however, have form for hitting the ground running in the capital, having gone 19 games unbeaten at the start of his time in charge of Brentford. If he can come up with something similar at Loftus Road next season, then Rangers will have a similar sort of platform to the one they had at the start of this season, and given what Warburton went onto do at Griffin Park, Rangers may feel that this time, they can push on from that, and then things would suddenly start to look very promising indeed.