Under-pressure QPR boss Gareth Ainsworth aware of ‘big challenge’ in Huddersfield Town trip

Queens Park Rangers have made a bad start to the new Championship season, and they currently sit in the bottom three ahead of Saturday’s visit to the John Smith’s Stadium.

Gareth Ainsworth, the manager of Queens Park Rangers, remains optimistic about his role, despite a challenging start to the new season that has raised concerns about his position at the club. Ainsworth, the former manager of Wycombe Wanderers, took over at Loftus Road following Neil Critchley’s brief tenure in February. He managed to steer the team clear of relegation, although Reading’s six-point deduction played a significant role in the outcome. QPR’s current season has not begun any better, with just eight points from 11 games, placing them in the bottom three, three points behind Huddersfield Town before their upcoming match in West Yorkshire.



The poor performance has led to speculation about Ainsworth’s future at the club if they don’t start improving soon. However, Ainsworth expressed his confidence in the support he receives from the club’s board, emphasizing their positive relationship. He indicated that he avoids reading or paying attention to such speculation, maintaining a positive outlook and viewing the situation as a significant challenge rather than a cause for despair. He firmly believes that QPR can achieve a higher position than what most people expect or predict.

Ainsworth noted that the board shares his optimism, and he drew from his experience at his previous club, where he achieved results with limited resources. He remains highly positive about the club’s potential for success in the current season.

Additionally, QPR may be without left-back Morgan Fox due to knee surgery, and there is uncertainty about the availability of center-back Steve Cook, who has a hamstring injury. On a positive note, United States international right-back Reggie Cannon might make his club debut after joining as a free agent last month.

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