Warnock’s the right man for Rangers

The Football League Paper - - WOMEN'S FOOTBALL WEEKLY -

QPR are a good side play­ing badly. That’s why Neil Warnock could be the per­fect man to get them go­ing.

My old gaffer has taken tem­po­rary charge at Lof­tus Road, four years af­ter lead­ing them into the Pre­mier League. So much for not want­ing to be a man­ager any more!

Neil ac­tu­ally signed me for QPR in 2011, just af­ter they’d won pro­mo­tion. Un­for­tu­nately, the club was so chaotic that he found the Pre­mier League very tough go­ing.

The chair­man, Tony Fer­nan­des, was des­per­ate for suc­cess and didn’t care what it cost. He was a bit naive and got taken ad­van­tage of by agents, sign­ing sub-stan­dard play­ers on big money and long con­tracts.

A lot of those sign­ings weren’t much to do with Neil. To be hon­est, I don’t think he wanted a lot of them.

But he was put un­der pres­sure to play the boys on big money when, re­ally, he wanted to work with the lads who’d got him there – peo­ple like Clint Hill and Shaun Derry.

I think he also suf­fered from some of the new play­ers not dis­re­spect­ing him, but maybe ques­tion­ing his meth­ods and man­age­ment more than he was used to.

You had play­ers ar­gu­ing and fight­ing, un­rest and cliques in the dress­ing room.The core of the team had done re­ally well to get QPR up, then sud­denly they were see­ing play­ers come in to take their place earn­ing three or four times the money.

Team spirit was de­stroyed and there was so much go­ing on off the field that it was al­most im­pos­si­ble to play well on it.

Prob­lems

Neil even­tu­ally got sacked, but Mark Hughes and Harry Red­knapp couldn’t deal with those prob­lems either so I don’t think he did much wrong.

In terms of tac­tics, Neil’s no pioneer. You won’t sit through loads of team meet­ings. It isn’t one for­ma­tion one week and an­other one the next. He’s very old-school in that sense.

But he’s a great man-man­ager who’s very good at get­ting you to play for him. It’s re­ally hard to ex­plain be­cause he has a spe­cial way of do­ing things.

I re­mem­ber dur­ing pre-sea­son, he in­vited the whole squad down to his place in Torquay. He had a lit­tle pitch and putt golf course and we all had a game while Neil and his wife made din­ner for ev­ery­body on the bar­be­cue.

We were think­ing ‘This is a bit weird’ but, look­ing back, it was a nice touch and per­haps ex­plains why ev­ery­one wanted to do their best by him.

If you need to be rol­locked, he can cer­tainly do it. But if shout­ing and bawl­ing won’t work, he’ll do some­thing else.

Don’t for­get, he man­aged to get the best out of Adel Taarabt, a big char­ac­ter who did things his own way. No other man­ager be­fore or since has man­aged that.

A lot of man­agers th­ese days un­der­es­ti­mate that. It’s seen as old-fash­ioned. Ev­ery­one goes on about tac­tics and sys­tems but, if you’ve got good play­ers, it re­ally can be just a sim­ple case of keep­ing them happy and mo­ti­vated.

If you look at QPR’s squad, they are un­der­achiev­ing. They are good play­ers. They just need some­one to gal­vanise them.

With so many games left, Neil could be the per­fect guy to get the best out of play­ers who sim­ply aren’t up to scratch right now.

RE­TURN: Neil Warnock

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