QPR boss Warnock gives up on Beckham
QPR manager Neil Warnock has given up hope of signing David Beckham.
Earlier this season Rangers boldly threw their hat into the ring for Beckham, latching onto his desire to play for, and potentially captain, the Great Britain team in next year's Olympics.
With the Major League Soccer season due to end next Sunday with Beckham's Los Angeles Galaxy taking on Dynamo Houston in the cup final, a posse of clubs have been linked with the 36-year-old midfielder.
Rangers, with new owner Tony Fernandes at the helm, initially felt they could offer Beckham another new home once the January transfer window re-opens.
However, that is not now going to happen according to Warnock, who was attending Sunday's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix along with players Shaun Wright-Phillips, Jay Bothroyd and Heidar Helguson as guests of Fernandes' Team Lotus.
Asked in the Team Lotus garage whether Beckham was still an option, Warnock said: "No, I can't see that.
"We're not there yet, we're a team in the making. We've some very important signings to make in January which we are looking at now, working on, to give us that push towards the end of the season."
Suggested to Warnock that moving for Beckham was too bold a gamble, he added: "No, not really.
"I like David, he is down to earth. It wouldn't bother him playing for QPR. He would play for the local team if he had to, he is that kind of guy.
"In our case, at the moment we've very good players in those areas, and we're looking to strengthen other areas.
"So until we're an established club I think we have to get our priorities right first."
The Yas Marina Circuit, hailed by Lewis Hamilton as the best in F1, has opened Warnock's eyes to the kind of other world in which Fernandes conducts business.
"It's a different world, and everything about the facilities are remarkable. To see this set up is amazing," added Warnock.
"I can see now Tony is trying to do for us what he has done with his racing team.
"Everything about his involvement is so enthusiastic, he wants to do well, and it's all rubbed off. All his crew at Lotus have been superb."
Warnock appreciates, though, that as accommodating a character as Fernandes is, there is pressure to make the right decisions, that includes signing the right players again come January.
"He's given me about 247 to look at it since I've met him," joked Warnock.
"I try and give him an answer, but he's got friends all around the world and they're always calling him, so goodness knows what it's going to be like in the run-up to January.
"But the main thing is he is very supportive, he listens to what I have to say, he doesn't always agree, which is the prerogative of any owner.
"There will be times when he will wonder why I haven't played a particular player, and that's great.
"I tell him my reasons, and then I have to hope we get a result to prove me right. If we don't, he's right."
With matches against Stoke, Norwich and West Brom to come over the next three weeks, Warnock can sense Rangers are entering a pivotal phase of their season.
"They're all difficult games in their own way - Stoke are fantastic at home, Norwich also have a really good home record, and West Brom aren't bad," said Warnock.
"But we're playing quite well, so if we can elimate the elementary mistakes, like we did against Manchester City then we give most teams a good game."