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…
Queens Park Rangers manager Mark Warburton is walking a tightrope with his side down to 16th in the Championship, following a draw at the weekend, meaning that the R’s have now gone seven with out a win and with reports on TEAMtalk suggesting, that the club are considering a move for Wycombe boss Gareth Ainsworth.
Ainsworth is doing an impressive job at the Chairboys, with his side five points clear at the top of League One and as a fan-favourite who spent seven seasons at Loftus Road, he would be a popular choice amongst fans if he made a move down the M40.
So would Ainsworth be a good choice if Rangers parted company with Warburton?
“It’s a very strange piece of news in my opinion, and I think that it would be a rash decision.
“Warburton is an experienced manager who has proven that with time, he can be a real success with younger players, as displayed at Nottingham Forest.
“They’ve had a few bad results of late, but in my view they should look to stick with him and back him in January, as when they get playing, they are a very exciting unit to watch’
“I don’t also see why Ainsworth would leave Wycombe right now – they are absolutely flying in League One and he’s built something so special at Adams Park over the last five or six years.
“Of course, he has an emotional attachment with the R’s, but with new ownership at Wycombe, he should stay and work there.”
“This would be a solid appointment from QPR as they would be getting a manager who clearly knows how to get the best out of his squad.
“Currently at Wycombe, Ainsworth has overseen a complete transformation of the club’s fortunes since taking charge in 2012, by taking the club from the lower end of League Two to challenging for the title in League One and subsequent promotion to the Championship.
“It would be difficult for Wycombe to be able to compete with what QPR would be offering Ainsworth so if they are serious in their pursuit then it could easily work.
“Ainsworth had one of his longest playing spells at QPR and spent his early managerial career there as caretaker manager, so it would be feasible from his perspective to make the to move happen, which bodes well in negotiations for the Championship club.”
Would Gareth Ainsworth be a good choice if QPR parted company with Mark Warburton?
“To be honest, I think it would be a bad move by QPR if they were to dispense of Warburton so early in the campaign, he has the experience and tactical nous to turn results around for the R’s.
“Ainsworth represents a young but forward thinking manager who could in theory galvanise the squad if he were to take over, however I feel there are some reservations over him due to the fact he has only managed in the lower leagues.
“A few more bad results and we could well see Warburton depart the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium, particularly with the R’s having such a leaky backline at present.
“However it remains to be seen if the club would indeed make a move for Ainsworth, although it must be noted that the former R’s player has a strong connection with the fans and may well be the boost that the club needs right now.”