A week on from Harry Redknapp’s sudden departure from QPR and still no sign of sure-fire Tim Sherwood in the Loftus Road dug out.
When the next R’s manager market was officially opened, the gobby gaffer started at a microscopic price and continued to shrink at an alarming rate, such was the certainty with which the bookies believed the job was his.
The Super Hoops, however, are about to play their second match since Redknapp absconded, yet they appear no closer to naming a new boss.
Sherwood is back out to 1/4 now, but there’s a much better proposition than the former Tottenham chief QPR must consider.
Crashing the party of distinctly underwhelming managerial candidates is Brentford’s Mark Warburton, an enticing proposition at 28/1.
His Bees side sit fourth in the Championship and remain firmly in the promotion mix one season on from escaping League One via the skylight last spring.
Owing to their excellent form, coupled with QPR’s dreariness, there’s a strong possibility of Brentford replacing the Super Hoops in the Premier League next season, prompting many to question why Warburton would choose this point to abandon the Griffin Park club.
Reports in The Times provide the answers to this quandary, with the broadsheet stating that the west Londoners’ hierarchy will dispense with the former stockbroker’s services at the end of the current campaign, eyeing Rayo Vallecano’s Paco Jemez as a replacement.
Brentford then released a statement that failed to shed any light on the increasingly ambiguous situation.
“Given Mark’s increasing profile within the game, we recognise that he will deservedly have turned the heads of other clubs. As with every other sensibly run club, we plan for various possible eventualities.”
It’s possible that managerless QPR are one these clubs to have had ‘their heads turned’ by Warburton’s achievements.
Two points adrift of safety at present, the R’s are certainly in with a chance of surviving in the top-flight this term, while if they were to be relegated, they’d be in a better position than most to challenge for the top honours in the second tier once the music restarts.
With Brentford making ominous noises regarding his long-term future, the QPR job, were it offered, is a gamble very much worth taking for Warburton.