Daniel Gregory’s weekly column: Warnock’s exit indicative of a game that’s lost its loyalty

File photo dated 27/12/2011 of Queens Park Rangers manager Neil Warnock. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday January 8, 2012. Neil Warnock has been sacked as manager of QPR, the club have confirmed. See PA story SOCCER QPR. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. Editorial use only. Maximum 45 images during a match. No video emulation or promotion as 'live'. No use in games, competitions, merchandise, betting or single club/player services. No use with unofficial audio, video, data, fixtures or club/league logos.
File photo dated 27/12/2011 of Queens Park Rangers manager Neil Warnock. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday January 8, 2012. Neil Warnock has been sacked as manager of QPR, the club have confirmed. See PA story SOCCER QPR. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. Editorial use only. Maximum 45 images during a match. No video emulation or promotion as 'live'. No use in games, competitions, merchandise, betting or single club/player services. No use with unofficial audio, video, data, fixtures or club/league logos.

I’D quite like to avoid ranting and raving every other week about the lack of loyalty and dignity in modern football - but the sacking of QPR manager Neil Warnock is a total and utter disgrace.

Warnock has quite clearly been a victim of his own success as manager of the Loftus Road club.

He took the job on knowing that promotion from the Championship was the aim and following on from the six previous managers who tried and failed to take the club into the promised land of the Premier League.

In the wake of Ian Holloway’s dismissal in February 2006, QPR hired no less than six permanent managers, while Mick Harford and Gareth Ainsworth both enjoyed spells as caretaker manager at the club while they decided on their next move after yet another sacking.

Warnock did what none of his predecessors could manage and secured promotion to the top flight, and for them to casually discard him a matter of a week into the January transfer window shows the club’s owner, Tony Fernandes, has no clue about football whatsoever.

The takeover of QPR by Fernandes was finalised only hours before the transfer deadline slammed shut, so for Warnock to draft in experienced Premier League players like Joey Barton, Anton Ferdinand, Armand Traore and Shaun Wright-Phillips was nothing short of miraculous.

Now for the club to show him the door at the first real chance for him to sit down and put together a list of potential transfer targets to keep the club in the division is ludicrous.

I have no doubts at all that if QPR had bought a centre-half and added some more potency up front, that they would have survived under Warnock, and then gone from strength-to-strength.

Shortly after the news of Warnock’s departure came the equally frustrating news that Mark Hughes has been installed as favourite to land the job.

It is actually ironic that Hughes is the man that Fernandes has pinpointed as the best possible successor to Warnock.

A man with little or no loyalty to the clubs he has managed to date - Fulham in particular, Hughes seems to throw his toys out of the pram if he doesn’t get an inflated transfer budget to spend.

And he has shown that his eye for a big money move isn’t always great. Evident from his time at Manchester City.

No doubt Hughes will get masses of money to spend should he get the job, but will he do any better than if Warnock had been given the time and loyalty he deserves? I don’t think so.