MARK Warburton has officially started his work in W12, having been appointed as QPR’s new manager on Wednesday afternoon.
The London-born 56-year-old boasts an impressive CV – both in football and in the city – and his story is certainly a fascinating one.
After his playing career, which started at Leicester City, came to an end, he became a city trader and worked in London, the United States and a host of countries in Asia.
Whilst trading in London, Warburton secured his UEFA A Licence and following that he was offered his first coaching role at Watford, where his son was in the academy.
He then embarked on a trip across Europe – visiting the likes of Sporting Lisbon, PSV, Ajax, Valencia and Barcelona – to enhance his knowledge of the game and then helped to launch the Next Gen series; a European U19 tournament.
Upon his return from the continent, he was appointed as Watford’s Academy Director before spending two years as Sporting Director at Brentford, where he worked alongside then-Bees manager Uwe Rosler and club owner Matthew Benham, who he had also worked with on the Next Gen series.
After Rosler departed for Wigan Athletic, Warburton was named as Bees boss and he won promotion during his first season in charge.
His next managerial role took him north of the border to Glasgow Rangers – where he claimed a league and cup double during in his first season – and most recently he spent time in charge at Nottingham Forest.
Warburton initially joined Brentford as a first-team coach, where he worked alongside then-caretaker manager Nicky Forster. He stayed as first-team coach until the summer of 2011 and was then appointed as Sporting Director, with Rosler coming in as manager.
He enjoyed two years in his off-the-pitch role and after Rosler headed for Wigan he was named as manager. Warburton won his first six matches in charge – the first Bees boss to achieve the feat – and by the time he left Griffin Park he boasted a win ratio of 51.28%.
In his first half season in charge, he guided Brentford to promotion and the following season the Bees reached the Championship play-offs, securing their highest second-tier finish since 1934/35.
Brentford announced that Warburton would leave the club at end of the 2014/15 season, as part of a restructuring process, and he departed the club with the greatest win percentage of any manager in their history.
Claiming both the Scottish Championship title and Scottish Challenge Cup, Warburton enjoyed a fantastic debut season at Ibrox. Rangers also reached the Scottish Cup final during his first campaign in charge, where they beat Old Firm rivals Celtic in the semi-final.
In his second season, The Gers finished third in the Scottish Premiership but he and his assistant David Weir left the club in March of that campaign.
Warburton’s most recent managerial role was in 2017 when he was in charge of Nottingham Forest. After being appointed in March 2017, his first game in charge saw Forest earn a 2-2 draw against local rivals Derby County and he remained as boss until New Year’s Eve of that year.