Sunday, January 08, 2012

Profound Gratitude to Neil Warnock: Axed Today by Queen's Park Rangers...Tony Fernandes Comments

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Fans may debate whether this decision was necessary or not. But no real fan will deny how much Neil Warnock did for QPR. And he will always feature on any list of all-time Top Ten Greatest QPR Managers. Thank you Neil Warnock



QPR Official Statement

QPR PART COMPANY WITH WARNOCK

Posted on: Sun 08 Jan 2012

Queens Park Rangers Football Club has today (Sunday 8th January 2012) parted company with Manager Neil Warnock.

Warnock joined the Club in March 2010, overseeing 84 matches in charge, winning 33, drawing 27 and losing 24.

Last season, he successfully guided the Club back to the Premier League for the first time in 15 years.

The Board's commitment to retaining our Premier League status ultimately led to this decision.

QPR Assistant Manager Mick Jones and First Team Coach Keith Curle have also left the Club.

QPR Chairman, Tony Fernandes, said: "This decision has been made in the best interests of the Club and I can assure everyone that this is not a decision that was made lightly.

"Sadly, our recent run of poor form has seen us slip alarmingly down the table and the Board felt it was the right time to make a change.

"Neil has acted with honesty, professionalism and integrity throughout his time at the Club, and I would personally like to thank him for his significant contribution to QPR over the last 22 months.

"I genuinely wish him all the very best for the future and he will always be welcome back at Loftus Road."

QPR Vice-Chairman, Amit Bhatia, added: "It is with a very heavy heart that we make this announcement.

"I played a key role in bringing Neil to Loftus Road and consider him to be a close personal friend and a great professional.

"I would like to place on the record my thanks to him for transforming us from a Championship Club to a Premier League Club.

"As a Club we have gained enormously from Neil's wisdom, experience and leadership. He has always performed his managerial duties to the very highest of standards.

"I wish Neil every success going forward and he will always be welcome at QPR.

"I now look forward to the future and the rest of the season as we work towards stabilising our position in the Premier League."

Neil Warnock said: "Obviously I'm very disappointed, but having achieved so much, I leave the Club with a great sense of pride.

"I have enjoyed my time here more than anywhere else and the QPR fans have been brilliant with me - they deserve success.

"My biggest regret is that the takeover didn't happen earlier, because that would have given me the opportunity to bring in the targets I'd pinpointed all last summer and probably given us a better chance to succeed in the Premier League."

He added: "The board at QPR are hugely ambitious and I wish them every success for the future.

"I've been involved in the game a long time and I will be spending the immediate future with my family and friends before deciding my next career move."

The Club will now begin its search for a new Manager and will make a further announcement in due course. QPR


TONY FERNANDES TWEETS

Very very hard decision. I will continue to be open and as transparent as I can. The board and myself had to put the club first and the future. .

We had to think of the future of the club. I appeal to all fans to give us time and understand the future.

A Tweet by @tonyfernandes

[No new Manager Named: But the Managerial Stats of one Prospect, Mark Hughes]


FLASHBACK...March 1, 2010

BBC
Neil Warnock is named manager of Queens Park Rangers


QPR have appointed Neil Warnock as their fifth manager of the season on a three-and-a-half-year after agreeing compensation with Crystal Palace.
Warnock, 61, replaces caretaker boss Mick Harford and brings assistant boss Mick Jones and first-team coach Keith Curle with him across London.
"This is the perfect time to come in, with the new chairman and structure in place," he told QPR's website.
"Together we can give the club the stability it needs."
He added: "As a manager, Loftus Road is always a place I love because of the fantastic atmosphere there."
Palace administrator Brendan Guilfoyle told the club website: "I did everything I could to persuade Neil to stay. Further to an approach from QPR, Neil expressed his desire to leave."
Hoops defender Mikele Leigertwood, who worked with Warnock when he narrowly failed to avert Sheffield United's relegation from the Premier League in 2007, was thrilled with the appointment.
"His man-management skills are brilliant, really," said Leigertwood, who has seen his QPR side slide to just three points above the relegation zone under four different managers.
"We've been on a bad run so I'm sure he'll come in and give us that much-needed enthusiasm and stability that we've craved."
QPR chairman Ishan Saksena said Warnock was "always our number one target" as manager, adding: "He has great experience in English football and a phenomenal track record."
Palace are currently in administration, and Warnock confirmed to BBC Sheffield last week that the clubs were in talks.

But he said: "There is no way I am going to walk out. If they can agree compensation then that's different."
The Eagles went into administration last month and suffered a subsequent 10-point deduction.
It dropped them from play-off contention in the Championship to a battle against relegation.
The deduction capped a difficult period for Palace during which they were subject to a transfer embargo and players and staff had their wages delayed.
They also had to sell highly rated leading scorer Victor Moses to Wigan for a cut-price fee believed to around £2.5m.
QPR's turbulent season has also seen them part company with owner Flavio Briatore, who stepped down as chairman of Queens Park Rangers Holdings on 19 February.
Warnock, who has also had spells in charge of Bury, Oldham and Plymouth amongst others, is the west London outfit's 12th manager in four years.