Mark Warburton plays down speculation of becoming next QPR manager

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Brentford manager Mark Warburton is coy over speculation that he could be the next QPR manager.

Mark Warburton has told Sky Sports that he is flattered to be linked with the QPR job - but is focusing on his job with Brentford right now.

Warburton, 52, is one of the most highly-rated managers in the Football League having won promotion with Brentford last season, and now has the Bees challenging for promotion to the Premier League immediately.

The former city trader has moved seamlessly into football management, but Brentford have made the controversial decision to let Warburton leave Griffin Park at the end of the season.

Brentford sit just one point outside the play-offs, but owner Matthew Benham took the decision in February to move the club in a different direction, leaving Warburton out in the cold.

Warburton will now be a free agent come the summer, and was one of the frontrunners to replace Harry Redknapp as QPR manager in February.

Redknapp's replacement Chris Ramsey has won just once since taking the reins at Loftus Road, which could put Warburton in the frame again at the end of the season.

With a 54% win percentage to his name, Warburton could be a smart choice to move from one West London club to another - but he told Sky Sports that he isn't thinking about a move to QPR.

"It's always flattering to be linked with any type of job, especially one of that stature," he said. "But I know Chris Ramsey very well, and I would never be disrespectful."

"I know the qualities and experience Chris will bring to that job, and I hope very much he's successful in keeping the club in the Premier League.  The important thing now is to retain focus, get to the end of season, and from there you see what the options are."

"Football's a funny game - people are very complimentary, but you just don't know, so let's see come the end of the season what's happened at various clubs and what offers, if any, are on the table," added Warburton.

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