Beat around the Bush
PUBLISHED: 15:10 10 March 2010 | UPDATED: 14:55 24 August 2010
By Chris Crees ANOTHER week, another manager, but more importantly, another home win at the start of yet another QPR era. I firmly believe that at long last, we ve got the appointment right, for the first time since John Gregory was installed – well, let
By Chris Crees
ANOTHER week, another manager, but more importantly, another home win at the start of yet another QPR era.
I firmly believe that at long last, we've got the appointment right, for the first time since John Gregory was installed - well, let's face it, not that long ago!
Hopefully, the TV and papers will stop their ongoing count of incoming managers at QPR, as I'm fed up with being reminded about how many we've had over the past few years and having my club laughed at, even if it has been justified.
I wonder if Martin Rowlands is able to count the number of coaches he's played under in his time at QPR? Scary!
So now we have Neil Warnock, the board's number one choice and a very popular one, it seems, with a majority of fans.
Even if you disregard his excellent record over the years, for me Warnock's real strength is his infectious passion for the game, which rubs off on everybody, but most importantly, the players.
At a time when the business side of football seems to be at the forefront of every newspaper article and TV report, it's forgotten that football is actually a game and is there to be enjoyed by players and fans alike.
Warnock is an expert at instilling this mentality into his players and that was evident against West Brom. They actually looked like they were enjoying the game instead of treating it like a chore, week in, week out.
Of course, enjoying a game doesn't mean you're always going to win it but, with Warnock in charge, you're unlikely to enter the field of play with anything other than a will to win and determination to enjoy yourself. That's why he gets results.
Warnock was described as the footballing equivalent of Marmite, ie: you either love him or hate him.
Yes, he's upset a few with his comments, but underneath the sometimes-harsh exterior is that cheeky smile and I honestly believe a lot of what he says is tongue-in-cheek and deliberately mischievous. I think it's also referred to as having a sense of humour!
I always looked forward to his TV interviews when he was elsewhere, especially when things had gone against him.
Let's face it; he usually only says what everybody else is thinking. Is there anything wrong with that?
So, the new era has started with a victory against a promotion-challenging side with the best away record in the division.
Could this be the start of something special? Well yes, I think it could be.
Are we safe yet?