QPR close to appointing ex-Bees boss

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Queens Park Rangers are reportedly close to appointing former Brentford and Rangers boss Mark Warburton with an announcement this week.

Queens Park Rangers are reportedly close to appointing former Brentford and Rangers boss Mark Warburton with an announcement this week.

The R’s have been without a manager since parting ways with Steve McClaren at the start of April after slipping down the Championship table following a dreadful run of results since the turn of the year.

John Eustace has been in caretaker charge and steered Rangers to a 19th-place finish as the Loftus Road hierarchy considered their options.

Tim Sherwood was understood to be director of football Les Ferdinand and chief executive Lee Hoos’ top choice but he turned down the role, forcing them to cast the net far and wide in search of McClaren’s successor.

Carlos Carvalhal, Nigel Pearson and Darren Moore were all spoken to about the position, while Wycombe boss Gareth Ainsworth and Marc Bircham were also understood to be in the frame, only for Warburton to emerge as the top choice.

The 56-year-old has been out of work since leaving Nottingham Forest in 2017 but impressed during the interview process, while his successful stint at west London rivals Brentford was also taken into consideration.

Warburton’s appointment is expected to be formally confirmed this week.

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