Contrasting fortunes for QPR and Brentford this season, and contrasting fortunes for their respective coaches, Chris Ramsey and Mark Warburton.
In west London Chris Ramsey is staying, Mark Warburton is going. Ramsey it seems will continue to manage the doomed Queens Park Rangers after that slink into the Championship following their wretched capitulation to Manchester City.
Mark Warburton, the ex-City gent who so splendidly resuscitated Brentford, bringing them all the way to the play-offs for the Premier League, has known for some weeks that he would not be retained by the club
He’s been philosophical about this from the off, paying tribute to the way owner Matthew Benham and his money, the fruit of a shrewd betting scheme, aims to run the club on the basis of scouting for younger players – this in turn based on analysis of statistics. There is also a tie-up with the current Danish champions Midtjylland.
But, the old American adage: ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ comes to mind.
As for Ramsey, he wasn’t left with much of a legacy by Harry Redknapp, who limped out of the QPR manager’s job pleading crippled legs. I still recall seeing QPR lose their opening match at home to Hull City, when Rio Ferdinand, a dubiously illogical buy, failed to mark his man – Harry telling us afterwards that Rio had provided a master class of defending.
The team he left Ramsey was heavy with veterans. But one starkly recalls the team Ramsey put out at Crystal Palace with a teenaged right-back predictably taken apart by Yannick Bolasie and Shaun Wright-Phillips recalled to the wing after being out of the side for the best part of a year.
Good luck to Ramsey. With a squad due to disintegrate and severe financial limits. He’ll need it.