mark warburton ready to make tough decisions at qpr

08:31    16 May 2019

QPR manager Mark Warburton
New Queens Park Rangers manager Mark Warburton says he is ready to make the “tough decisions” for the long-term health of the EFL Championship club.

The former Brentford, Rangers and Nottingham Forest boss was last week named as Steve McClaren's successor at Loftus Road.

QPR sacked McClaren after a run of one win in 15 league games dropped them perilously close to relegation. They survived under caretaker boss John Eustace, who has stayed on as assistant manager.

However, next season could be an even tougher one for the London club, as they face difficult financial difficulties which have already seen them release five players on free transfers.

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But Warburton, who guided Brentford to the play-offs with a shoestring budget, is confident he can halt QPR's slide.

“I've had experience of clubs in a similar situation, at Brentford for example, where I've had to build, play young players, use the academy, and use your connections in the game, and hopefully introduce a style of play which the fans will enjoy,” he said.

“The club has had well-documented problems in recent seasons. The job of the board and the owners is to make sure the club is on a sound financial footing.

“I asked the right questions, I know exactly what we can and can't do, what we have to do in terms of the season ahead and how we can build a squad. The clarity is there for me. Now we have to go and do a job.

“Our job is to be the best we can be. There will be 24 teams talking about being the fittest, the strongest, but it's about action rather than words. We'll take it one game at a time in what is a tough division.

“I've been here a matter of days but I understand the financial situation and we understand what we need to do as a club to give it that firm foundation.

“Some tough decisions have had to be made and will have to be made going forward. But it's all for the good of the club, for the long-term health and welfare of QPR.”

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