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QPR’s appointment of Mark Warburton is so far proving a success, and the backing he has from CEO Lee Hoos means there is a clear long-term plan in place to help the club progress.
The club hosted a Fans’ Forum on Tuesday with Hoos, Warburton and Les Ferdinand discussing a wide range of topics with supporters, including what the new manager has implemented in the early part of his R’s career.
Warburton’s passing philosophy means QPR have enjoyed an impressive average of 54% possession, a factor of their play which means they sit 10th in the table and look good to improve on last season’s 19th-placed finish.
Speaking at the event, Hoos said: “What we’ve been lacking is a DNA. Sometimes we’ll make mistakes playing this style of play, but it’s the way forward. Mark has set this club on the right path.”
His comments suggest that Warburton will be given time to implement his ideas and bring in his own players, having so far relied a little on a few of the club’s young players such as Eberechi Eze and Ilias Chair.
There seems to be a newly found patience for the new boss that has been missing in recent years, and therefore when things begin to go against him he might be afforded time to get results back on track.
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Since relegation from the Premier League in 2015 QPR have had five different permanent managers, and in that period they have often hovered just above the relegation zone, so their short-term thinking hasn’t led to any success.
The chopping and changing of personnel in the dugout meant the team has lacked continuity as well, but that seems to be changing with Warburton in place.
He has a clear identity in place, and a strategy of what types of players he wants and how he wants his players to play, and those factors have already resulted in improvement.
The style has been praised by one of the QPR’s key players – Eze – and that is unsurprising given the progress he has made under the new manager, totalling six goals and four assists already this term.
If Warburton continues to improve the players at his disposal then the club should improve, and with a bit of backing in the transfer window the R’s can begin to look up, rather than fear relegation.