QPR Denies Neil Warnock Has Quit as Manager After Winning Promotion

Queens Park Rangers said manager Neil Warnock hasn’t quit and is preparing the club for its return to the Premier League.

The west London soccer club issued a statement on its website to dispel “rumors circulating today” that Warnock stepped down.

“The club would like to make it clear that Neil Warnock has not resigned from his post and is continuing to work hard behind the scenes ahead of the Rs’ return to pre-season training next week,” the statement read.

Since QPR earned promotion to the Premier League by winning the second-tier Championship, there’s been speculation over Warnock’s future. Italian coaches Claudio Ranieri, Marcello Lippi and Carlo Ancelotti have been linked in U.K. media reports with QPR, while Warnock was mentioned as a candidate for the West Ham manager’s post filled by Sam Allardyce this month.

“With regards to my own situation, I’m really excited about the challenge that lies ahead next season and I can’t wait for pre-season training next week,” Warnock said in the club’s statement.

QPR, which last played in the Premier League in 1996, opens the season at home against Bolton Wanderers on Aug. 13.

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