Mark Warburton won’t want the manager’s job he’s constantly linked with when he discovers the shape of things to come at QPR.
Whoever finally gets the task of rebuilding an Rs team for the Championship will have to get used to a partial say over new signings.
Warburton will quit Brentford on Friday night if they lose the second leg of the play-off semi final against Middlesbrough for precisely that reason. Bees plan a sporting director to source new faces, with recruits planted outside the coach’s door.
The traditional model is for the boss to boss the lot - that won’t happen at Rangers either, says chairman Tony Fernandes.
Instead, director of football Les Ferdinand will have a major say in sorting the squad for next season alongside the manager, odds-on likely to be Chris Ramsey.
Fernandes and Rs make no secret of costly mistakes in the past but have asked Sir Les will go down the traditional route of thinking big and paying small.
The chairman added: “The first-team coach will say I need a right or a left-back, and Les will present five or six, and the manager will decide who he wants.
“It will be a collaborative process. I don’t think it works when a manager is just given a player. And Les has to take an active role at the training ground. I think some directors spend too much time in the office.”
Fernandes also believes the future lies with an oft changed academy during the last four years - and one now producing the goods. Perry Suckling has been appointed third head in three years.
Darnell Furlong, Reece Grego-Cox and Michael Doughty all moved up from the youth ranks to make Premier League debuts.
Fernandes was delighted when midfielder Doughty came on to help cement the 2-0 win at Sunderland in February and provide Rs with one of their seven wins in a doomed campaign.
“The highlight for me was having Michael Doughty - and not as a cameo, but as an important part of a very important club,” the chairman added.
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