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FORMER Sheffield United manager Neil Warnock is sure he will begin next season in charge of QPR but admits his position may come under scrutiny if the team make a poor start.

High-profile managers such as Marcello Lippi and Claudio Ranieri have been mentioned as possible replacements for Warnock, despite the Yorkshireman guiding the club to the top-flight in his first full season in charge.

The departure of Warnock’s ally Amit Bhatia from the Rangers boardroom raised further questions about the manager’s future, but co-owner Flavio Briatore quickly insisted that he had no plans to remove the popular 62-year-old.

“Every manager is under pressure if they don’t get results,” said Warnock, who also took the Blades into the top flight in 2006.

“There have been one or two naughty things that have been brought out for whatever reason. Bernie Ecclestone and Flavio have told me right from day one, especially when Amit left the board a couple of weeks ago, that they had no intention of bringing anyone else in.”