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Neil Warnock returns to take charge of Queens Park Rangers

6 November 2015

A familiar face will occupy the Queens Park Rangers dugout this weekend, as Neil Warnock steps in for the visit of Preston North End.

Warnock has been placed in temporary charge at Loftus Road following the midweek sacking of former boss Chris Ramsey.

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He returns to the club where he managed for just under two years between 2010 and 2012, in which he won 33 of his 84 games in charge.

During that time, he guided the R's to the Championship title - and subsequently promotion to the Premier League - with an impressive haul off 88 points from 46 games, securing their place in the top flight for the first time since 1996.

His dugout debut came against West Bromwich Albion in March 2010, when Jay Simpson, Matthew Connolly and Akos Buzsaky helped fire QPR to a 3-1 home win. He departed in January 2012, with his final game resulting in a 2-1 loss to Norwich City.

The club would not prevail in their battle to beat the Premier League drop that campaign, as they returned to the Championship for the 2012/13 season.

Warnock has generally fared well in his managerial debuts, losing just one of his last five maiden games. That came in his latest stint with Crystal Palace, but he has guided Sheffield United, QPR and Leeds to victory prior to that defeat.

Neil Warnock's last five debut matches as a manager:

1999:    Sheffield United 1-0 Portsmouth
2007:    Blackpool 1-1 Crystal Palace
2010:    Queens Park Rangers 3-1 West Bromwich Albion
2012:    Leeds United 3-2 Doncaster Rovers
2014:    Arsenal 2–1 Crystal Palace

The 66-year-old takes over with QPR 13th in the Sky Bet Championship table, having only won once in their last five outings.

You can follow Warnock's progress against Preston and all 10 of Saturday's other Sky Bet Championship fixtures on our Twitter feed, @SkyBetChamp.

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