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Neil Warnock’s manager of the month collection grows

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Congratulations are due to Neil Warnock for being named manager of the month twice in succession and now holds the record for most monthly awards with six.

He managed to do this by grabbing four wins and a draw in the month of September; and Jamie Mackie made it a double celebration by being named player of the month with five goals in the same period.

The sun is shining on the QPR team but they still have their feet firmly planted on the floor. During an interview after the Crystal Palace game, you could see Neil Warnock being humble, giving props to other teams in the league and playing down the amazing start to the season for the Hoops.

Mackie had his first cap for Scotland on Friday playing on the flank, the squad seemed to play no-one upfront and six midfielders, but Jamie still played his part and played it well, hopefully well enough to be picked against Spain on Tuesday.

The tactics went horribly wrong on Friday evening for Scottish manager Craig Levein, not sure if he was going for a defensive team knowing the pace of his midfielders would catch them on the rebound or just trying to grab a point against a strong Czech side.

Nevertheless he did the right thing picking Mackie for the team and in the future Jamie will be a great asset. It seems other people have their eyes on the in-form Mackie as rumour has it that West Ham are looking to make a £2 million bid for him in the January window.

The question is why join a team struggling in the Premier League when QPR are favourites to go up with a very strong side at the end of the season anyway. The question can only be answered by Jamie of course but if Neil can keep his players working hard and together as a team there is no reason why they cannot get promotion.

Alejandro Faurlin seems to think they are going the right way by signing a new three-year deal to keep him at Loftus Road until 2014. The talented midfielder collected both players’ player and supporter’s player of the year awards in 2009-2010 season, unfortunately he has been injured for a month with a hamstring but is back on the mend and hopes to make the team in the upcoming weeks.

Disclaimer: The views in this article are that of the writer and may not replicate those of the Professional Footballers' Association.
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