This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict‘ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
QPR made it seven league games without a win last night as they were comfortably dispatched by Barnsley 3-0 at Oakwell.
The R’s have recorded just one win so far this season in the Championship and are languishing down in 18th place after a sluggish start to the 2020/21 campaign.
Subsequently, pressure will be ramping up considerably on R’s boss Mark Warburton after last night, and his position at the club is undoubtedly going to come under increased scrutiny.
So, with this in mind, do you fear for Warburton’s job at QPR or is it too early to be making any rash decisions?
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I think Warburton probably should be concerned about his position at QPR right now.
It is worth remembering that the club were inconsistent at best under him last season, so it is not as if these struggles are entirely new for QPR and their current manager.
Indeed, things only seem to have got more difficult for Warburton and co. now, and it is hard to see exactly how and where they are going to pick up a win at the minute considering their recent results and performances.
While there is admittedly still plenty of time left in the season for things to improve, that is not something that can continue for too long if the club want to have any chance of making an impression this season, and beyond that, want to avoid getting cut adrift at the wrong end of the table, meaning that while now may not be the right time for a change, it may not be far off if things do not improve quickly.
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Some might say that eight games into the new season is too soon to consider Warburton under pressure, but QPR have been performing badly since after lockdown.
It’s now just three wins in 17 Championship matches for Warburton after Tuesday’s Barnsley defeat, and with games coming thick and fast against the likes of Watford, Derby and Blackburn, he might only have a few weeks to save his job.
If QPR fail to win any of those four, it would be 11 games without winning and I think that could be time up for the former Brentford boss.
You have to start to worry about Warburton’s job.
It was always going to be a challenge to get Queens Park Rangers to finish higher than last season. They lost a huge amount of goal threat in the summer, with Ebere Eze and Jordan Hugill both moving away from the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium.
They haven’t won a game since the opening day of the season, and results and performances have both gone downhill since. They seemed to recruit quite well in the summer, but the likes of Macauley Bonne and Rob Dickie are yet to come good.
Warburton is a manager who can work on tight budgets and get the best out of players, but you have to wonder whether he has taken QPR as far as he can now.
If they don’t win at the weekend, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him be sacked.