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Saturday, April 23, 2011

Neil Warnock Set to be Axed at Loftus Road?


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Paul Smith/MIRROR - Warnock set to leave QPR even if they're promoted

- It would rank as one of the most astonishing changes even in the crazy world of the managerial merry-go-round.
- But Neil Warnock’s future at Queens Park Rangers is now in doubt despite him leading them to the brink of promotion to the top flight.
- Warnock is set to clinch his seventh promotion.
- He will equal a record held by managerial elder statesmen Graham Taylor and Dave Bassett.
- And he will take Rangers back into the Premier League after a 15 year stay in the Football League.
- The reason for the mounting speculation around Loftus Road and inside football that Rangers may change manager this summer is linked to new investment coming into the club.
- There is a belief that Warnock has done a brilliant job initially stabilising the Loftus Road and then inspiring their race to the summit of the Championship.
- But some of the investors looking at taking Rangers on have suggested that Warnock’s speciality is winning promotion.
- They are wondering whether with the club back in the top flight Rangers would benefit with a boss with a bigger profile to give them an international status.
- The likes of former Italy and Juventus boss Marcello Lippi and Giovanni Trapatoni, currently in charge of the Republic of Ireland, have been mentioned as potential successors. Martin Jol, the former Tottenham manager, is also waiting in the wings for a Premier League job in England.
- Warnock would be in line for a £2m compensation pay-out if Rangers do decide to change direction.
- And he would immediately be inundated with job offers if he is available.
- Warnock had been in line to take-over at West Ham after they parted company with Gianfranco Zola last summer.
- However, after agreeing to join QPR from Crystal Palace ten weeks earlier, he refused to entertain entering into talks with another club despite the Hammers’ approach.
- Warnock’s amazing record sees him on the brink of winning seven promotions with six different clubs.
- These reflect a career that saw him bring Scarborough into the Football League back in 1987.
- He won promotions with Scarborough, Notts County (twice), Huddersfield, Plymouth and Sheffield United.
- Given Avram Grant’s future will be in jeopardy when West Ham reflect on their current campaign, the prospect of seeing Warnock head to Upton Park may not be too fanciful - especially if the Hammers end up in the Championship next season.
- If they’re looking for a man to get them into the top flight, you can’t beat Warnock.

The Star - By Paul Hetherington - Neil Warnock KO

QPR are again plotting a sensational swoop for Italy’s World Cup-winning manager Marcello Lippi.
- Even though Neil Warnock has been an outstanding success at Loftus Road, his “reward” for winning promotion could be the sack.
- That’s the incredible situation developing at QPR, as the club are eyeing top managers in Italy – including Marcello Lippi, 63.
- The Hoops have had the former Juventus and Inter Milan boss as a target in the past and see him as the man to take the club forward in the Premier League.
- Lippi has a superb CV, including five Serie A titles and a Champions League triumph with Juventus.
- QPR already have strong links to Italy, including chairman Gianni Paladini.
- And Lippi’s son and agent, Davide, insisted last week that his father is close to returning to management.
- He said: “The will to return to coach is there – but it needs to be an important project, a serious club.
- “There are many proposals coming from the Premier League and from La Liga in Spain.”
- Spartak Moscow are also interested in Lippi but QPR would have a vastly bigger budget.
- They are a volatile club when it comes to managers with ten bosses, including temporary appointments, in the last five years.
- During that time, the Loftus Road hot seat has been occupied by Ian Holloway, Gary Waddock, John Gregory, Luigi Di Canio, Iain Dowie, Paulo Sousa, Jim Magilton, Mick Harford, Paul Hart and now Warnock. The Star

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