Controversial former Rangers boss Mark Warburton suffers a double blow to his Premier League ambitions with QPR as the once Ibrox-linked Siriki Dembele adds insult to injury.
Rewind to February 2017 and the notion that Warbs would be managing in the Premier League seemed a million miles away as the under-pressure Ibrox gaffer jumped ship.
After successfully guiding the club to the Premiership in his first season and reaching the Scottish Cup Final, season two was a disaster and the manager left amid a cloud of controversy.
Warburton insists he never tendered his resignation to join Nottingham Forest – a club he did join as boss in March 2017 – whilst Rangers, confusingly, insist that they accepted it.
Whatever the case, Mark Warburton has found a new home at Queens Park Rangers and since May 2019 has been building them into Championship promotion hopefuls.
Some wonderful form this season sees the side – for whom former Rangers skipper Lee Wallace has made 15 league starts this season – genuinely in contention for the big leagues.
However, those dreams of Premier League promotion, away days at Old Trafford and Anfield and the £170m cash prize for getting there [BBC Sport] took a big blow this weekend.
Mark Warburton, Queens Park Rangers lose as Bournemouth win
Amid a spectacular run of form that has catapulted them into contention, QPR went into their match against bottom of the table Barnsley looking for a record-breaking fifth straight away win.
But that would never materialise as the Rs and Mark Warburton threw away a precious three points in the automatic promotion hunt that was made worse by a late winner for promotion rivals Bournemouth.
Queens Park Rangers fell victim to a Domingos Quina goal at Oakwell that condemned them to a 1-0 loss, with the side now 4th in the Championship table and six points off automatic promotion.
This is after heavily Rangers-linked attacking midfielder Siriki Dembele – who joined Bournemouth from Peterborough in January – scored a 95th minute winner for the Cherries v Blackpool.
That result added insult to injury and proper daylight between Mark Warburton and Scott Parker’s side but all is not lost in what promises to be a competitive end to the English second flight.
Runaway leaders Fulham also beat Shota Arveladze-led Hull City 1-0 to maintain a six-point lead of their own at the top.
With 16 games to go not only does former Rangers boss Warburton have time to earn automatic promotion by finishing in the top two, but QPR remain in the hunt for a Playoff place.
Who knows, come May perhaps Rangers fans will be seeing ex-Ibrox boss Mark Warburton preparing for life in the Premier League after all.
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