Mark Warburton has announced that he will leave QPR at the end of 2021-22 season following three seasons at the club.
Warburton joined the club in May 2019 and has since managed to turn QPR into a top-half team in the Sky Bet Championship, although a slump in form in their last 15 matches saw the Hoops fall out of promotion contention.
The club have consequently decided to part company with Warburton at end of this season following their final matches of the campaign against Sheffield United and Swansea City.
Speaking about his decision to move on, Warburton said: “It has been both a pleasure and a privilege to be the manager of Queens Park Rangers over the last three years.
A manager’s aim must always be to leave the club in a better position than when he or she joined, and as my tenure in the role draws to a close, I hope very much that this is indeed the case.”
Warburton proceeded to pay tribute to the club and his coaching staff for their support across the last three seasons, as he thanked them for showing “magnificent backing,” across a period of upward progress and wished them “the very best of luck for the next stage of their respective careers.”
QPR CEO, Lee Hoos meanwhile hailed Warburton’s tenure at the club as one full of “incredible efforts” to help develop the squad, whilst establishing a playing style and DNA from which the club can progress forward into the future.
Hoos also explained why Warburton’s contract wasn’t renewed as he said: “Mark’s contract expires at the end of the season and, after three years, we believe it is best to have a fresh start next season as we look to build on the foundations already laid.
“We wish Mark every success in the future. I would personally like to thank him for his incredible work ethic, professionalism and dedication during his time with us.”
Hoos added that the timing of this announcement ahead of their final home game against Sheffield Utd was to ensure that fans have “the opportunity to show their appreciation to Mark, and Mark to show his appreciation to the fans.”
QPR Chairman Amit Bhatia meanwhile expressed “sincere thanks” on behalf of himself and the Board to Warburton for showing excellent “commitment, attitude, professionalism and hard work in very challenging circumstances.”
Acknowledging Warburton’s work during the tricky period of behind-closed-doors football due to the Coronavirus pandemic within his spell at the club, Bhatia added: “He has overseen the club during an unprecedented three-year period and has always conducted himself with the utmost integrity.”
Bhatia also iterated that Warburton is leaving with QPR sat “in a better and stronger position than when he arrived, and I’m incredibly grateful to him. ”
Echoing Hoos’ comments about the decision to part company with Warburton, Bhatia said: “This decision, whilst difficult, has been made with the best interests of the club in mind. That is, and has always been, our aim.”