QPR 1 Leeds United 0: Hasselbaink favourite to replace Warnock at Rangers

Neil Warnock and Kevin Blackwell.
Neil Warnock and Kevin Blackwell.
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Neil Warnock says he has been given no indication of whether QPR’s 1-0 win against Leeds at Loftus Road is likely to be his final match in interim charge.

Rangers are keen to appoint a new head coach before Thursday’s game at Reading, with Burton boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, the former Leeds United striker, currently the club’s preferred choice.

“We’re now looking forward to the Reading game, but I can’t tell you what will happen (before then),” said Warnock.

“I’ve not been involved in the process and I’m sure when there’s something to tell me the owners will do so. At the moment I’m just trying to get smiles on people’s faces.

“The Championship is a unique league, unlike any other league, but I’m sure they’ll have taken quite a lot of things into consideration when looking for someone.”

Charlie Austin, who has been nursing a calf problem, scored with his first touch after coming on as a substitute.

Rangers struggled to create chances before Austin’s 58th-minute header from Alejandro Faurlin’s corner – his eighth goal of the season and his team’s first goal in five matches.

“We haven’t got a lot of goals in the squad, we know that,” admitted Warnock, who gave a full debut to 20-year-old winger Michael Petrasso.

“That’s why I went with the team I did, moving Hoilett inside and also bringing young Mikey in. We knew Charlie couldn’t play more than half an hour , but I always thought we were going to create chances for him.