Hollo’way – Ian Holloway departs QPR.

Richard Piggford
By Richard Piggford May 10, 2018 16:31

Hollo’way – Ian Holloway departs QPR.

By Richard Piggford for EmpowerSport. 10/05/2018

Ian Holloway has left his post as manager at Championship side Queens Park Rangers after 18 months in charge. The 55-year-old veteran man was in his second spell as QPR manager and leaves having guided the club to a 16th placed finish in this season Championship.

 

Ian Holloway

Holloway seen during his second spell in charge of QPR.

Rumours began to circulate on Wednesday that ex-England manager Steve McClaren, who spent time as a coach at QPR in 2013, has already been earmarked for the job.

In a statement on the QPR website Chief executive Lee Hoos said: “We are hugely grateful to Ian for his incredible efforts during his time with us.”

“He joined us at a critical stage as we looked to reduce the wage bill, bring in younger talent and remain competitive on the pitch.

“That is no easy task and it was down to his desire, love for the club and hard work that he achieved those goals.”

Holloway, who won’t be short of suitors, won 26 of his 80 matches after returning to Loftus Road in November 2016, drawing 14 and losing the other 40, and had one year remaining on his contract.

He helped The Hoops narrowly avoid relegation last season as they finished the 2016-17 campaign in 18th, two points above the bottom three.

After spending five years with QPR during his playing career, Holloway first took charge of the club in February 2001 and won promotion from the third tier in 2003-04 before leaving in February 2006.

“We are now looking to take the next step as we continue to work through what is a vital period of transition for the club,” added Hoos.

Holloway may feel hard done too, and it would appear many of the early supporter reaction is in support of Holloway, who has worked with many young players and under strict financial constraints. There has currently been no indication from QPR that Steve McClaren has been contacted regarding the manager’s position.

FILE - In this Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015 file photo, Newcastle's manager Steve McClaren smiles as he takes to the touchline before the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Newcastle at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England.  Former England coach Steve McClaren is back as manager of Derby County, 17 months after being fired by the club for failing to secure a return to the English Premier League. Derby announced the appointment on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016 with McClaren saying he was "delighted at the prospect of finishing what we started." (AP Photo/Jon Super, File)

Steve McClaren has been tipped to replaced Holloway.

Richard Piggford
By Richard Piggford May 10, 2018 16:31

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