Mark Warburton, the outgoing QPR manager, has stated that he is ready to return to management immediately, but that he will only join a club where he believes he can succeed. Warburton’s final home game in charge of the west London club was a 3-1 defeat to Sheffield United last night after it was announced on Thursday that he would be leaving at the end of the season.
When he took over in May 2019, QPR was struggling at the bottom of the Championship, but he has transformed them into a team with top-six ambitions, and he is in many ways a victim of his own success. Other EFL clubs will have taken notice of the job he’s done on a shoestring budget at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium, and Warburton spoke openly about his future after last night’s game.
“I believe there are a lot of good people who aren’t working in football,” the former Brentford, Nottingham Forest, and Rangers manager said. Football has a small number of job openings. For me, I’ve only ever gone without working once since leaving school, and that was after I left Forest – I wanted to take some time off to travel around the US and MLS, but it ended up being five or six months longer than I’d anticipated.
Is working fun for me? Yes. But, if that makes sense, I want to join a club where I can succeed. There are plans to develop and build aside. I sincerely hope I will be given that chance. That would be fantastic if it could happen in a day or two. You must be patient if it appears whenever it does.
When you are handling Football, you should never take anything for granted because you are extremely lucky. Next Saturday, Warburton’s side will travel to Swansea City in South Wales for his final match as manager. Warburton deserves a lot of credit for turning QPR around in the last three years.
Despite not having the financial resources that many other teams do, the R’s have improved each season under his leadership and appeared on track to make the playoffs this season before their late-season slump.
His comments indicate that he is ready to start a new job soon, but only if it is the right one with the right structure and plans. He should have a lot of suitors, especially at clubs with smaller budgets.