Queens Park Rangers are reportedly lining-up former player Gareth Ainsworth as Mark Warburton’s replacement according to Teamtalk.
After what was a fine start to his QPR tenure, Warburton’s job is now under growing pressure.
Winless in seven Championship games and plummeting down the table into 16th, QPR have to go back nearly two months for their last win – a 3-2 victory at Hull City in mid-October.
The club looked like they could mount an unlikely play-off push this season but now they’re best hope is a mid-table finish, and some fans think it’s again time to change the manager.
In the latest FLW Six-Pointer, we discuss the links between Wycombe Wanderer’s manager Gareth Ainsworth and QPR.
What’s gone wrong for Warburton at QPR?
Pinpointing the pitfalls for QPR is proving difficult. One minute they were a team full of confidence, scoring goals for fun and the next, a team getting smashed 4-0 at home to Nottingham Forest.
All of that early confidence has gone at QPR and why is a mystery. Perhaps the fact that they’re still looking for their first clean sheet of the season is a factor, or maybe the players’ true colours are showing as we near the midway point in the season.
Is the time right for Warburton to be moved on?
As everyone knows, football is a results business. QPR have picked up just three points from a possible 21 since that win at Hull, and that’s barely the form of a team doomed for relegation.
QPR and Warburton himself will have much higher expectations but it’s easy to forget that he’s still in his first season at the club, he signed a whole load of players in the summer and sent a whole load out too, and QPR right now are three places above where they finished the last season.
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Is Ainsworth a suitable replacement for Warburton at QPR?
There seems to be a trend in appointing football managers of late, which is to appoint someone who has a background at the club.
Ainsworth has just that having played over 150 games for the QPR between 2003 and 2010 and at 46-years-old, he’s a manager who could be at the club for a long time to come.
What would Ainsworth bring to QPR?
What the club needs right now is a confidence boost and having someone like Ainsworth at the helm, a man who knows the club and who has managerial credibility, would do just that.
His footballing approach is not too dissimilar from Warburton’s, attacking, fast-paced football, making the possible transition from Wycombe to QPR a touch easier as well.
Would Ainsworth want to leave Wycombe?
He’ll oversee his 400th game as manager this season and could celebrate it with an unlikely promotion to the Championship.
Wycombe are currently top of League One but Ipswich Town in 2nd have a couple of games in hand – would he want to walk away from what’d be the club’s greatest ever achievement to take the job at QPR? It’s a debatable one.
Are there better options for QPR than Ainsworth?
The managerial market has been notoriously thin over the past few seasons, and lots of clubs are taking risks on young, up and coming managers and even those from overseas – a lot of clubs are favouring German managers at the moment.
Ainsworth is the best option for QPR should they part ways with Warburton. They’d have to search far and wide to find a Daniel Farke or a David Wagner and that still proves a huge risk for the club.
Maybe sticking it out with Warburton for a bit longer is their best bet for now.