Former League One Boss Reveals Why Gareth Ainsworth Failed At QPR

Former Leyton Orient caretaker boss Jobi McAnuff has given his thoughts on what went wrong for former Queens Park Rangers manager Gareth Ainsworth following his dismissal last week.

Journalist Darren Witcoop reported that Ainsworth would be given three games to save his job; West Bromwich Albion away, Leicester City at home, and Rotherham United at the AESSEAL New York Stadium.

However, after a 2-1 defeat to league-leaders Leicester last Saturday, the QPR board decided to pull the plug early on Ainsworth’s time in charge at Loftus Road, with the Hoops sitting dangerously inside the relegation zone on a six-game losing streak.

Hammarby’s Marti Cifuentes was the man chosen to replace the former Wycombe Wanderers head coach after impressing in the Swedish Allsvenskan. His debut match in the dugout is a huge game for the club as QPR travel to Rotherham, who sit one point above them in the table.

Ex-Reading star and current pundit McAnuff has had his say on the appointment, while also revealing what went wrong for Ainsworth at QPR [quotes via Football League World]:

“It wasn’t the right fit with Gareth Ainsworth and that squad.

“They’d been used to playing under a certain type of manager like Mark Warburton, Michael Beale. You go from one style to something completely different and it just didn’t work.”

“My gripe with that group is I don’t think they worked hard enough to adapt to the way Gareth wants to try and play. But certainly for them now, this is a step in the right direction,” he continued.

“Because of the position they’re in, it’s not like pre-season where you’ve got the summer to prepare, they are in a relegation scrap. The adaptation time now has to be quick. He (Cifuentes) seems to have a good understanding of what the league’s about.”

Writer’s View

There is a hint of truth in McAnuff’s comments. However, the difference in style between Ainsworth and Cifuentes is night and day which could take time for the players to get used to, time that QPR don’t really have.

A win today against the Millers would go a long way to easing some pressure off the players but a loss could potentially leave Rangers seven points away from safety if other results go against them.

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