THIS afternoon QPR confirmed the appointment of Mark Warburton as manager on a two-year-deal.
The 56-year-old has enjoyed a successful coaching career, in what has been a unique pathway into professional football.
Below are five things you may not know about the new QPR boss.
Watching the R's in the 70s
Whilst he didn’t’ go as far as saying he was a QPR fan, Warburton has previously stated his admiration of watching the Rangers in the mid-70s.
The ex-Brentford manager has been quoted saying: “That season when QPR ran Liverpool close with Givens, McClintock, Bowles, Parkes and Clement – that team had a lot of passion and I loved watching that side.”
Not too many clubs can say their manager used to work as a trader in the city but that’s exactly what Mark Warburton did before he became professionally involved in football.
Whilst playing in the conference, Warburton applied for a job in a local paper that was looking for someone 'good with numbers and competitive'. That description perfectly fit Warburton who quit football for a life in banking and found himself working in Chicago, North Carolina and Tokyo as part of his job.
After making a decision to return to football, Warburton wanted to improve his knowledge of the game and learn about other styles and cultures of management. He decided to take a year out and travel around Europe to see if he could get an insight into how other clubs work. He successfully managed to spend valuable time at Sporting Lisbon, PSV, Ajax and Barcelona. Warburton's style of coaching has been heavily influenced by what he learnt on that trip.
One of Mark Warburton’s beliefs as a manager is that he wants to work with a small squad and use players from the academy should injuries and suspensions kick in. Explaining why he prefers this kind of approach Warburton said: “I want players to give me everything they have in training, how can I put 19 players on a coach and say to six or seven 'sorry, you’re not going to be involved this week'. I’d far rather go leaner than fatter in terms of squad.”
QPR’s new gaffer is on Twitter! Warburton is an active participant on the social media platform and you can follow him by searching for @MarkWarburton9. Don’t forget to welcome him by tweeting #WelcomeWarburton