Steve McClaren becomes the 40th manager to lose his job this season following QPR sacking

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 01 April 2019, 12:06

Steve McClaren has become the 40th managerial casualty of the season (top-four leagues) after QPR decided to pull the trigger.

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The former England manager was sent packing following a wretched run of one win in 15 Championship games dating back to Boxing Day, which left the club 17th in the table.

McClaren becomes the ninth Championship boss to lose his job this term, and alarmingly the 22nd of the 40 managerial departures to leave their post after less than a year in charge.

It’s also the fourth time in five years that McClaren has lost his job around this time of year, having exited Derby and Newcastle in March 2016 and 2017 respectively, and the Rams before that in May 2015.

Furthermore, it’s the third time in as many jobs that the 57-year-old has failed to hit the 50 game landmark, while he’s not accumulated 100 matches at a single club since his first job at Middlesbrough which came to an end 13 years ago.

In a statement QPR said:

“Making a decision such as this is never easy, particularly when you are talking about someone as professional and dedicated as Steve."

McClaren replaced Ian Holloway at Loftus Road last May on a two-year-contract. He endured a poor start the current campaign, losing each of his opening four league games, including a shattering 7-1 defeat to West Brom.

With his job seemingly already on the line the R’s recovered after they accumulated 26 points from their subsequent 13 games. A four game winless run followed, but they then won three on the spin. However, since that victory over Ipswich on Boxing Day they carved out only one win - against Leeds - in 15 matches with the 1-2 defeat at home to Bolton the final straw.

QPR, who have an eight-point cushion above the drop zone, now face a daunting trip to league leaders Norwich, ahead of clashes against Millwall, Swansea, Blackburn, Derby, Nottingham Forest, and Sheffield Wednesday.

The club have confirmed that John Eustace will oversee the first-team affairs while they search for a new manager begins.

 

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