Ian Holloway leaves QPR with Steve McClaren poised to replace him

by Jack Kitson / 10 May 2018, 16:30

Ian Holloway has left his position in charge of QPR, with Steve McClaren reportedly set to replace him at Loftus Road.

After QPR’s final game of the season Holloway said he would not be leaving the club in “a million years” and that he was confident of sitting down and extending his current contract, which had a year left to run.

However, on Wednesday The Daily Mail reported that not only was Holloway on the cusp of leaving, but McClaren had already agreed to take over.

Fast-forward to today (Thursday) and QPR have confirmed that Holloway has in fact left the club, although there’s yet to be an official confirmation that McClaren has been appointed as their new manager.

In a statement the CEO Lee Hoos said:

“On behalf of the Board 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 at the same time.

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

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

Holloway returned for a second spell in charge of the R's back in November 2016 following the exit of Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink.

Holloway went on to keep the club in the Championship with an 18th place finish, which was just bettered by this season’s 16th standing.¬†

Holloway now leaves the club with a record of 26 wins, 14 draws and 40 defeats from his 80 matches at the helm.

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