Loftus Road boss as blunt as ever.
Queens Park Rangers manager Neil Warnock described Armand Traore as “an absolute disgrace” after his dismissal in Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Aston Villa.
The left-back was shown a late second yellow card for a lunge at Marc Albrighton, though QPR recovered to snatch an equaliser in injury time.
“I just thought he was a disgrace,” said Warnock. “I will fine him as much as I possibly can.
“I told him to his face ‘you’ve let me down and you’ve let the team down’.”
Traore dived into the challenge in an attempt to regain possession with QPR chasing the game, but Warnock was less than happy with his summer signing’s actions.
The QPR boss added: “As an opposition player when you are winning 1-0 away from home, that is what you want. I just think he was a bit thick and naive.
“I said to him ‘when we’re playing at Fulham next week what are you going to be doing?’ But he is learning. He is a good player and will be an even better one after that.”
SOURCE: BBC Sport
This is somewhat typical of Neil Warnock’s man management style, harsh but fair, indeed when the QPR boss was seen talking to Armand Traore as he trudged off the Loftus Road pitch following his second yellow it did seem as though perhaps the Super Hoops boss was consoling the former Arsenal man, but that’s not quite how the gruff Yorkshire born manager does things.
That said, Warnock is fairly accurate in his reading of the situation. Whilst the French left back probably barely touched Marc Albrighton it was a lunge that was as pointless as it was predictable. The fact that QPR still battled for a point they very much deserved probably says a lot about the West London side and there chances of avoiding a swift return to the Championship.
Traore has had a tough season thus far, in his last game for the Gunners he was very much at fault for a number of the goals scored by Man United as they thrashed Arsenal 8-2. However the youngster clearly has the ability to make a name for himself and Warnock may well be the right man to harness his obvious talent.