Neil Warnock’s departure as Crystal Palace manager on Monday night confirmed many Eagles fans fears as the Yorkshire man joined Queens Park Rangers.
The switch to the west London rivals ended speculation over Warnock’s future who has set his sights at being a Premier League manager once again.
The 61-year-old has claimed to only have a couple years of management left in him and sees QPR as being a club more capable of giving him his dream of becoming a top-flight manager again rather than Palace.
And I have to admit I agree with him. They are clearly financially stable and appear to have a better set up in terms of looking ahead to the future while the Eagles are currently concentrating on finding a buyer, a new manager and escaping relegation.
While QPR are just one place above Palace many will question Warnock’s decision but I feel he has made the right one – for Neil Warnock.
Is it a selfish decision, well yes, but it had to be. His position as manager of Crystal Palace could not be guaranteed if a new buyer was found and the temptation of managing at Loftus Road was simply too good to resist.
I doubt that many fans will blame Warnock’s choice especially after it was made clear that he wasn’t just going to walk out on the Selhurst Park club. Warnock was keen to make sure Palace received compensation for his move, he said: “”There is no way I am going to walk out. If they can agree compensation then that’s different.”
After agreeing a compensation deal the following breaking news was inevitable. As an Eagles fan who Warnock took some time to win round I am now convinced he is a descent manager and one that is sure to become QPR’s longest serving manager in recent seasons.
But I fear some fans will, wrongly, envy Warnock and blame him for walking out when the club needs him the most. But with an online poll on a dedicated fans website voting 45 per cent in favour of not blaming him while just over 10 per cent will boo him when he returns to south east London as QPR boss on the 10th April as they ‘passionately dislike him’.
There is no doubt we need a manager like Neil Warnock the most now as we battle for survival but his exit is not the same as Steve Bruce or Ian Dowie who left under bad terms with the Palace faithful.
I feel Warnock’s move is more similar to that of former Palace striker Andy Johnson who simply had to leave for the benefit of his own career. But only time will truly tell if his choice is the right one.
Written By Sam Ross