There is currently a somewhat renewed sense of optimism at Loftus Road with Mark Warburton promising to bring attacking football to W12 and utilise the youngsters where possible – QPR fans will be hoping that the former Brentford boss can guide them to a much-improved finish next term.
Former boss Steve McClaren caged the likes of Ryan Manning and Eberechi Eze, both of whom will be looking to make a splash under the new boss, while Director of football Les Ferdinand is predicting an exciting period for the club.
Well, speaking about the appointment this week, the former striker said:
“I am fully aware I have stood here before and said similar to this but we went through a very diligent process and we know where were are and what we are trying to do.
“We wanted someone who could come in and develop our younger players. Mark wants to do that and he has the background which proves it. In conversations I am having with him day in, day out, he knows where he wants to get to and how he wants to get there.”
Indeed, the expectations for former England boss McClaren upon his appointment last year were similar, with financial restrictions meaning an emphasis had to be placed on blooding youngsters who can shape both the short and long-term future of the club, although he failed to deliver.
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Ferdinand had this to say in response to the 58-year-old’s arrival at Loftus Road on 18th May 2018:
“He has a fantastic reputation in the game for coaching and developing players. When you look at the average age of our squad, and the exciting young talent starting to emerge, he is the perfect fit for us.
“We want Steve to use his expertise and experience to help our players grow.”
McClaren failed miserably and left the Hoops in tatters last month; John Eustace was made to pick up the pieces and managed to guide Rangers to Championship safety. Will Warburton’s reign be any different and will Ferdinand be left red-faced once again?