Ex QPR boss lands prestigious manager job after Fulham legend rejects club

The legendary manager is 75 years old but still raring to go at his latest appointment.
Warnock has taken temporary charge at Pittodrie.Warnock has taken temporary charge at Pittodrie.
Warnock has taken temporary charge at Pittodrie.

Former QPR manager Neil Warnock has been appointed as interim manager at Aberdeen after reports that Fulham legend Scott Parker turned down an opportunity to discuss the vacancy with the Scottish Premiership club.

Aberdeen are said to be huge admirers of Parker, who was sacked from his position at Club Brugge 11 months ago, but the 43-year-old is reported to have had reservations over the Scottish side's high manager turnover - there have been three managers in under two years at Pittodrie.

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Parker, who made over 100 appearances at Fulham, West Ham and Charlton Athletic, has previously managed the Cottagers and Bournemouth after hanging up his boots.

Instead of Parker, Aberdeen have made a temporary appointment in former QPR boss and veteran manager Warnock. The 75-year-old takes over from Barry Robson and will be in the hot seat for the side's league meeting with Rangers at Ibrox on Tuesday night.

It's Warnock's first appointment since a brief stint at Huddersfield Town last year. His CV boasts stints at 16 different clubs including Sheffield United, Sheffield Wednesday and Cardiff City.

Warnock said: "I'm really looking forward to the challenge - Aberdeen is a big club with clear ambition. I've made no secret of the fact I've always wanted to manage in Scotland so when I spoke to Dave [Cormack, chairman] and Alan [Burrows, chief executive] and they asked me to help out it just felt like the right opportunity.

Warnock has taken temporary charge at Pittodrie.Warnock has taken temporary charge at Pittodrie.
Warnock has taken temporary charge at Pittodrie.
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"By all accounts, there is a good group of lads here and it's my job now to get the best out of them. I'm hoping that during my time here the supporters will get behind the team and I can put a smile on their faces."

Warnock joined QPR in March 2010, having left Crystal Palace following a points penalty from the Football League. The Yorkshireman helped the Rs avoid relegation in 2009/10 and his side went on to win the league the following season, gaining promotion to the Premier League. The manager was then sacked in January 2012.