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QPR boss Warnock ready for sack race

Neil Warnock is sure he will begin next season in charge of QPR but admits his position may come under scrutiny if the team make a poor start.

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High-profile managers such as Marcello Lippi and Claudio Ranieri have been mentioned as possible replacements for Warnock, despite the Yorkshireman guiding the club to the top-flight in his first full season in charge.

The departure of Warnock's ally Amit Bhatia from the Rangers boardroom raised further questions about the manager's future, but co-owner Flavio Briatore quickly insisted that he had no plans to remove the popular 62-year-old.

Warnock said today that he is happy with the reassurances he has received from Briatore and co-owner Bernie Ecclestone, but concedes that a slow start to the club's Premier League campaign may alter that.

"Every manager is under pressure if they don't get results,'' Warnock told Sky Sports News. "There have been one or two naughty things that have been brought out for whatever reason.

"[But] Bernie Ecclestone and Flavio have told me right from day one, especially when Amit left the board a couple of weeks ago, that they had no intention of bringing anyone else in.

"I am sure if I lost six or seven games, then there would be a few more (names) mentioned who were in (for) my position but that is the job we are in.''

Warnock, who also took Sheffield United to the top flight in 2006, is proud of his achievements at Loftus Road, having taken the club from the brink of relegation to Championship winners within 18 months.

"I am enjoying every minute, and why shouldn't I?'' Warnock added. "I won the Championship last year in probably the most difficult job I have ever done. In the space of 10 months I created a completely new team and it is great to have a Championship winner's medal.''


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