My wife picks my signings… but Swansea striker Graham got away, reveals Warnock
There”s only one person prospective QPR signings need to impress in January – Neil Warnock”s wife, Sharon.
The QPR boss says he always invites transfer targets round to his home in Richmond, south west London, so his other half can cast her eye over them.
Warnock said: “I like my missus to see them. Women have got more idea about people.
“She gives them the once over and says: “I like him” or “I don”t like him”. Or “Watch him, he didn”t look you in the eyes.” She does all that.
Family man: Warnock takes prospective signings to meet his wife, Sharon (right)
“If I don”t get the player I say: “That was down to you, love.”
“There have been a couple she”s not liked – and she was right about them as well. It”s woman”s intuition.”
Striker Danny Graham passed Sharon”s test last summer but QPR missed out on the 26-year-old as he opted to join Swansea City, Rangers” opponents on Monday.
Warnock said: “She approved of Danny. She thought he was a nice lad.
“Everything was agreed, but he went to Swansea the next day because we couldn”t buy him. It was disappointing but I wished him all the best. He”s gone to a good club – he couldn”t hang about for us any longer.
So near yet so far: Danny Graham came close to joining QPR
“We wanted so many (new players) and it didn”t look like we were going to get any. I”ve never been so down.
“When you get promoted to the Premier League you should be on a high, but it was a disappointing time for me.
“Then (new majority shareholder) Tony (Fernandes) came in, but we”re still playing catch-up really. Hopefully things will go well in January and that”s what I should be judged on.”
The QPR manager”s approach may seem slightly old-fashioned for a club buoyed by a new owner with money to spend in January, but Warnock insists he will stick to his tried and tested method.
In charge: Majority shareholder Tony Fernandes
“I will still speak to the players at my house,” he said. “I would rather show them views of Richmond than our training ground! I”ve got more chance of selling the club that way.
“It’s an exciting time with all the plans for a new stadium, academy and the direction the board are taking and the commitment to the club. To come on board when we are just establishing ourselves is a great opportunity.
“The lure of London is also significant. At the moment it’s an exciting place to be.”