MARK Warburton wants his side to deliver a positive final performance at Swansea City on Saturday as he departs as manager of Queens Park Rangers following the trip to South Wales.
A disappointing end to the season has seen the R’s miss out on a top-six finish, but Rangers will be keen to wrap up the 2021/22 Sky Bet Championship campaign on a better note as we head into the summer break.
Ahead of the trip across the M4 to face Swansea, Warburton told www.qpr.co.uk: “We must deliver a performance that the fans and players enjoy.
“We know we have let ourselves down in recent weeks, but we have enough quality in this squad and it’s important that we show that once again tomorrow.
“We have fans making the trip and I hope very much we can deliver a performance that we are proud of.
“The immediate short-term emotions and aims are to make sure that players are ready to deliver a good performance on the final day of the season, that is our upmost responsibility we have to ourselves, the club and most importantly the supporters - I hope we do that.”
Reflecting on his departure, Warburton was keen to thank the R’s faithful for their kind messages of support following the announcement that he will be departing at the end of the campaign.
Warburton explained: “All the support and kind messages I have received from a vast number of different people has been greatly appreciated.
“They have given me a lot of encouragement that progress has been made. To have that backing from the fans of whom this club means so, so much to is very important.
“In the early days of my time here we spoke about how we would be judged and simply said it would be about the number of supporters at games, if the fans are enjoying watching QPR play then we have done a good job. We took 4,000 supporters to Coventry, for example, those types of days tell you that the fans were behind the team and the bond between supporters and the players was strong.
“As a manager I think that gives you real encouragement that you were moving in the right direction.
“I am pleased with how the squad has developed. I want to make sure that people enjoy coming to work and if the environment here is right and with the desire to push forward and make progress, everyone benefits - I think that is a big part of it and I can tick that box.
“There’s some nice memories of the last three years here, but there’s some frustration over the last eight to 10 weeks. I would be foolish and ignorant to ignore that fact, it’s not enough to say injuries, a blip, you have to look at all the factors and there are a number of contributing things which you have to learn from.
“But, in general, it’s been an honour and a privilege to manage at a club of such stature, to work at a club with this history and this standing.
“After that, with football being football and the nature of the business we work in, I wish the club and the staff well and move onto pastures new.”