QPR hope to tie manager Mark Warburton down to a new contract at the end of the current campaign.

Warburton was appointed boss at Loftus Road on a two-year deal in 2019, and is on course to deliver a top-10 finish in his second season in charge.

It is a rolling contract, so there is not necessarily a requirement to tie him down to a new one in order to keep him at the club.

The Hoops and Warburton this week insisted there was no truth in a report which suggested he could leave to take over as assistant technical director at the Football Association.

“I don’t know where this has come from,” said Warburton when asked about the report this week. “There isn’t a grain of truth in it.

“I’m completely committed to QPR and am focused on the job in hand.”

However, it seems likely he would be regarded as a contender if other Championship managerial vacancies were to be available, given the job he has done at QPR and before that at Brentford.

It has long been QPR’s intention to hold talks with former Rangers boss Warburton once the season had concluded.

And his team’s encouraging campaign means he would be in a strong position were he to indicate that he wants a longer-term deal.

The season can be regarded as a success, with an improvement on last year’s showing despite the fact that the loss Ebere Eze and Jordan Hugill – and Nahki Wells before that – meant Rangers lost the sources of most of their goals scored last term.

Warburton’s brief was to replicate Brentford’s success in developing players into sellable assets.

He can also point to the progress of the likes of Eze, Bright Osayi-Samuel, Ilias Chair, Rob Dickie, Chris Willock and most recently Seny Dieng during his time at the helm.

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