Update emerges on Mark Warburton at QPR as John Eustace prepares for Swansea City switch

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Queens Park Rangers manager Mark Warburton is set to sign a new contract at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium ahead of the 2021/22 campaign, according to West London Sport.

The 58-year-old took over as Steve McClaren’s permanent replacement in the summer of 2019 and has since guided the Championship side to 13th and 10th-place finishes in his two seasons in White City – two solid years compared to where they were before he joined.

After a disappointing first half of the last campaign, hovering around the relegation zone, their form dramatically improved in 2021 and managed to secure their position in the top half of the second-tier because of this.

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With this momentum and seven senior signings coming in this summer, the club are now looking to extend Warburton’s stay in west London ahead of the expiration of his current deal next summer.

The 58-year-old previously guided Brentford to League One promotion his first season as boss back in the 2013/14 campaign, before helping the Bees reach the Championship play-offs in the following season.

Although he has had less successful spells at Rangers and Nottingham Forest since then, he’s remained at QPR for a long time considering the short-term nature of football, that’s an impressive achievement.

He may have to enter next season without his right-hand man John Eustace though, who is set to join Swansea City as Steve Cooper’s replacement.

The Verdict:

The short-termism in football should not be understated, because many managers these days aren’t given a sufficient chance to show what they can do before they’re relieved of their duties.

Queens Park Rangers’ board could have easily fired Warburton at the end of the last calendar year after so many poor results – but they allowed him time to turn it around and this decision to remain loyal to the 58-year-old has paid dividends.

With the likes of Fulham, Sheffield United, West Brom, AFC Bournemouth, Swansea City and others favourites to win a place in the top six next year, Warburton may not be able to guide QPR to the Premier League in the short-term but as long as they have stability and continue to see progress, most of the Hoops’ fanbase would probably take that all day long.

Therefore, the Championship side would be wise to stick with their manager and continue to build on what they already have as they look set to enter a fascinating 2021/22 campaign.

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