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Adam Boxer, London24’s QPR blogger
Monday, January 23, 2012
Having let the furore and drama of another managerial departure die down, we are left once again with the aftermath and fall-out of such a defining event.
Many were left a tad disappointed that Neil Warnock - a man that believed, shared and gave the dream to Queens Park Rangers fans could be dumped so rapidly and unceremoniously following a bad run of results.
With that in mind there is a nice humility about the comments of Tony Fernandes who admitted that he would live or die by his decision, admitting it to be a bold one, but a necessary one.
Mark Hughes’ appointment was met with approval from all angles as we find ourselves with more Premier League experience leading the squad albeit sacrificing the manager that installed a pride not seen at Loftus Road for many a year.
It is a little disappointing therefore that comments from Joey Barton and Warnock himself start to overshadow a fine tenure. Warnock feels evidently a little slighted - perhaps justifiably so - and believes that Twitter comments to an inexperienced chairman in Fernandes prompted him to press the button.
While these comments are somewhat neglectful of poor form, there was little excuse for the backlash given by Barton via his Twitter page. He labelled Warnock - the aforementioned hero of our promotion campaign - an embarrassment.
Far be it from me to guess what went on behind closed doors, but what I do know is that Warnock brought a happiness and good feeling to QPR that many will never forget and will hold their memories dear of that campaign for the rest of their lives.
For a manager to live and breath the supporters’ dream it is tough to hear such comments against him, and Joey should be mindful that his own performances at present could be tarred with the same brush.
While Barton has sought to defend the club and his chairman, as well as Twitter, sometimes the feelings of the supporters need to be taken into account when making such comments against a man held in such high regard.