QPR’s obstacles are bigger than what Ian Holloway initially thought

Ian Holloway made his return to the Championship League club Queens Park Rangers on November 11 of 2016 and the English manager has recently stated that taking over the club was harder than what he originally believed.

The first match that Queens Park Rangers played since Ian Holloway completed his return to the club was back on November 19 of 2016 when they faced off with Norwich City and claimed a 2-1 triumph but from there on out things have been fairly underwhelming for the club as they went on to sustain 6 successive defeats.

“It’s a bigger job than I thought. The fact we haven’t come back within 18 months of going behind and that wouldn’t have been nice to witness that for my predecessors.We need to believe that if we go behind it’s not the end of the game. It could be experience, character, that’s not a nice feeling.After 12 minutes I see that stat in the back of my mind. What’s it like for them? The Championship is about how many you can score. Look at the goal-scorers and who is at the top of the table.”

This was the statement released by Ian Holloway after his team had lost against Brighton & Hove Albion on December 27 of 2016. It was the 6th consecutive defeat from Queens Park Rangers.

QPR are currently located in the lower section of the English League Championship as they are positioned at the 17th spot but are comfortably above the relegation zone which is probably one of the more important things to take into consideration.

Nonetheless, this is still a fairly dark and disappointing period of time for a club that was competing in the Premier League back in the season of 2014-15 and is now struggling just to survive in the 2nd tier English League Championship.

QPR TO HOST VILLA

Queen Park Rangers would be hosting Aston Villa in the final game of 10 in 10 on Sunday at the Loftus Road Stadium.


QPR boss Ian Holloway will battle Steve Bruce in the game of tactics if he wants to end the team’s recent poor run. QPR have scored just three times in their past five matches, and they face a tough one when they play Villa.

On the other hand, Villa have turned around their fortunes since Bruce took over. Under former coach Roberto Di Matteo, Villa posted just one win in 11 matches before the former Chelsea boss was sacked.

Holloway would be desperate for victory, coupled with the home advantage but Villa remain a tough opponent. Jordan Cousins may not be available for the clash due to reported hamstring problems. Idrissa Sylla and Sebastian Polter are not yet fully recovered, Jack Robinson has problems with his hip, Steven Caulker with his hamstring and Jamie Mackie non-availability worsens the situation for Rangers.

Bruce does not have injury crisis to worry about except Nathan Baker who is sill sidelined with Groin injury. After the loss to Norwich, the team would be seriously motivated to get some points against QPR.

The game might not go down historically, considering that Villa have not defeated QPR for more then two decades now.

They have played a draw in three and lost four games in previous meetings. With the team on a high, that record is set to change. On the other hand, Holloway won only his first game on his return to the club against Norwich, but he has since supervised four losses. Moneybookers give Villa the edge in the Sky Bet Championship clash.

QPR backs manager

Queens Park Rangers have issued a statement that they will be offering their full backing to manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink following the allegations made by newspaper reporters that the manager was willing to accept money in exchange for selling players.

The Dutch manager has not denied the talks and said that he was naïve to deal with the reporters. He, however, stated that he did not engage in any wrongdoing and that he was just curious to know where the discussions will end up.

Ever since the Telegraph reveals the existence of the recordings, Queen Park Rangers have opened their own investigation and has sought the assistance of all the different stakeholders. The club, however, has stated that the Telegraph did not provide as much help as they would have wanted in order to investigate the issue.

It is believed that the investigation has been dropped off by Queens Park Rangers as there is a lack of evidence to show that Hasselbaink has been involved in any case of wrongdoings.

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink said that he regrets the situation and that he was just naïve to have been caught in the trap laid by the reporters. He said that his conscience is clean and that he knows that he has not been involved in any case of illegal or unethical activities.

The Queens Park Rangers board has stated that they will continue to provide their full support to the manager but that he has been reminded of his role and position at the club. The board said that as a manager, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink should know that his conduct will be monitored closely and that it is important that he remains free from any doubts at all times.

The board still believe in the manager and has wished him success for the remaining part of the season.

Hasselbaink Blames Tiredness

QPR fell to a second consecutive league defeat after a 2-0 loss against Preston North End. Manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink blamed tiredness of the squad as a reason for the defeat.

The team were involved in a rollercoaster ride with Barnsley only a few days ago. The 3-2 game ended in a loss for QPR and this brought their winning run at the start of the season to an end. After starting out the new campaign with a view of promotion to the Premier League, QPR will have to rebuild the lost confidence from the start.

Even though the home team had the better of the statistics by having more possession and more shots on target, they were unable to make a major impact on the game. Former Everton striker Jermaine Beckford opened the scoring within the opening 25 minutes. Defender Onuoha’s own goal in the 52nd minute seemed to be the final straw for the home team, as they never appeared to come back into the game.

Hasselbaink will be aware that the team cannot afford anymore slipups and they need to come back to form quickly. QPR are up against Rochdale in the League Cup on Tuesday night followed by an away match against Wigan Athletic.
Hasselbaink also criticised the individual errors committed by the team.

“You have to give Preston credit. They did well, put us on the back foot and we looked flat. We looked like we had 24 hours less to recover. It looked a big ask. When you have a big squad it doesn’t matter, but when you don’t then it does. As as a group, we expected more and wanted more but couldn’t deliver. We didn’t look like us. Individual errors cost us. But we are a team – we lose together and we win together,” said Hasselbaink.

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink reckons he can’t be using the formation

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink reckons he can’t be using the formation he had used the previous season if he has to make a change in the forward position and pick Conor Washington instead of Polter.

Polter was the starting forward for QPR in the winters and Washington was just the back up for him. But, after shining in Euro, the latter has his nose ahead for the position and he might now be able to pip his German colleague who has not become a senior international player anymore.

According to Hasselbaink, while both Washington and Polter are attackers, they are not similar. So, if one has to replace the other, the formation has to change to make sure the team is comfortable operating as a whole.

Hailing Washington, Hasselbaink said, “Definitely a wonderful Euro for him which hopefully gets him confident. We have been speaking to the lad and he is really pleased about the France trip. A 20-day holiday has been granted to him as we felt he must get that much of time to charge his body and mind to the fullest again.

“I expect to see him fresh when he joins in. There definitely has to be a discussion in regards to the formation if we go with Conor because he and Sebastian are not totally alike the way they play.”

On asked about Jordan Cousins, the latest recruit, the Dutchman said, “In the first week itself, I had talked in detail what qualities I would be looking for in the Footballers when I make a signing and he certainly has most of those qualities. His best is ahead of him.”

“Jordan would be the midfielder for us for sure because midfield is his specialised region, not the flanks.”

QPR MIDFIELDER ALEJANDRO FAURLIN LEAVES THE CLUB

QPR midfielder Alejandro Faurlin announces his plans of leaving the Championship side as the season ends.

The player wrote on a popular social media app, Instagram. He announced via a post that his long spell with the Championship side is at an end.

The 29-year-old Argentinian midfielder arrived at the club in 2009 and has enjoyed lots of firm support from Loftus Road fans and is easily one of the favourites. Faurlin was an integral member of the 2011 Championship-winning side, but has suffered terrible luck since, suffering three anterior cruciate ligament injuries. However, he was fit again this season and has made 30 appearances in the QPR midfield, but his contract has now expired and it seems he is not going to be offered a new deal.

Faurlin posted:

“After seven seasons, a long journey with some tough, difficult spells, but with some of the best and more precious moments in my career, I write to say goodbye.
“I won’t comment on the decision. I just want to thank everyone at QPR.”
“Thanks to every single person who works behind the scenes, you have all been so important to me and to us the players.
“And massive thanks to the fans, for your support and your loyalty, especially in the bad moments. I will be eternally grateful for that.

“I am really happy and pleased to have been fit and available for selection all season.

“I want more, I am healthy and I want to play football more than ever!”

The player joins the list of players that would exit the club at the season’s end. Other include former England goalkeeper Rob Green, defender Clint Hill and midfielder Alejandro Faurlin. Samba Diakite, Oscar Gobern, Armand Traore and Yun Suk-young will also leave Loftus Road when their contracts expire at the end of next month.

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbainksays what kind of players he wants to sign

Queens Park Rangers was competing in the Premier League during the 2014-15 season but after a disastrous campaign, they were relegated and are now fighting in the 2nd tier English League Championship.

QPR is attempting to make a return to the Premier League but at this point in time it’s just not going to happen.

The 2015-16 season is reaching it’s last few weeks and QPR are positioned in the middle section of the English League Championship standings and they are too far away from having any chance of snatching a play-off spot that can allow them to return to the Premier League.

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink is the head coach of QPR and he has recently talked about what he is planning to do in relation to transfers for the upcoming summer transfer window.

“With two more games this season, if you’re not already starting to plan for next year then you will have a big problem. You need to plan in advance. It is clear the direction we need. We have to have younger players, more assets in the club. We have to look at more players who are 23, 24 or 25. I’m not saying we shouldn’t sign a 30-year-old, but in the past few years too many players have come here to retire.” Jimmy Floyd Hassebaink said as he stated what kind of players he wants to sign.

The average age in the squad of Jimmy Floyd Basselbaink is 25 which is a fairly young team and from the looks of it, the 44 year old Dutch coach wants to keep it that way or turn it even into a younger squad with more explosive and youthful player in his team.

Even though getting promoted to the Premier League is not going to happen in this season for Queens Park Rangers, the manager already seems to know what to do for the upcoming campaign and hopefully make a return to the top tier English League.

PetrCech is certain that Arsenal can win the Premier League title in this season

The high profile summer signing of Arsenal, PetrCech is confident that his new club are able to take away the league title from the current champions Chelsea and win the Premier League of this recently started season.

The Czech shot-stopper has faith that his new team can make it happen as he told the media: “We didn’t have the start we would like but I still believe we have a bunch of players who are hungry to win trophies.After the first three games we have four points but I think there are many positives which we can look forward to in the next games.”
Arsenal has collected 7 points from the possible 12 out of the 4 opening matches of the season, this isn’t a disaster start of a season but it could be improved.

It has been less than 5 months since PetrCech joined Arsenal but he has already gone through a roller coaster ride. During the opening match of the season, Arsenal locked horns with West Ham United at the Emirates Stadium and this was the first Premier League match that PetrCech played as a performer of Arsenal.

This debut performance of PetrCech was a complete disaster as Arsenal lost 0-2 and both of the conceded goals was blamed on the Czech shot-stopper. It was match to forget for the veteran player as he made a number of mistakes which cost Arsenal their first loss of the season.

Despite having made an awful debut for Arsenal, Arsene Wenger was certain that PetrCech would be able to bounce back and the Czech player has indeed managed to make solid performances. He was one of the standout players of Arsenal when facing off with Liverpool on August 24. PetrCech made 2 breathtaking saves which helped Arsenal in keeping a clean sheet and securing 1 point from this game.

Chris Ramsey has said he wants Matt Phillips to stay

The Rangers boss Chris Ramsey has said he wants Matt Phillips to stay and help the team earn League promotion next season, but, at the same time, he has admitted that QPR is one of those clubs whose financial situation is not good at the moment and thus, in case someone comes with a full wallet and tries to take the player away, he would not be able to do anything.

Phillips was in brilliant form in the latter stages of the 2014-15 League campaign of the Rangers.

The Rangers still couldn’t avoid the relegation though, but, that does not take the credit away from Phillips for the way he played.

The 24-year old was quite consistent and tried his bit to help his team stay in the top tier.

According to Ramsey, there would be enquiries or even bids for Phillips in the transfer window, but, at this point of time, the idea is not to get him sold. However, at times, it gets out of the hands of a club, especially if it is financially weak, to hold onto a certain player.

In an interview, Ramsey said, “As of now, there are no plans to put him on sale, but, in club Football, you have to make the hard calls. Cash is also important at the end of the day. And, as far as we are concerned, it’s one of our priorities to sort the financial issues. So, the board will see what needs to be done if a big offer is on the table. But, he is a valuable player for us and we will love it if he plays in the Rangers’ jersey next season too.”

The Rangers finished 20th in the Premier League table the previous season with only 30 points.

Les Ferdinand occupies an important role at QPR

Les Ferdinand occupies an important role at QPR and he is the director of football at the club.

His latest comments threatened to disrupt the season for the club. He has accepted in an interview to a major news channel that the appointment of Chris Ramsey as the replacement for Harry Redknapp was a major gamble. Redknapp stepped down from his role citing personal issues just after the January transfer window. This was likely seen as unhappiness from the former Tottenham manager at the lack of perceived activity from the club in the transfer window.

Ramsey took over from Redknapp and soon led the club to their first away league victory of the season. Since then, however, results have turned sour and the club lost its fifth consecutive match against Everton at home. Home form was seen as a vital aspect in the club’s promotion hopes, but it has been hit hard in recent months. One has to stretch back to the end of December for the last time QPR took three points at Loftus Road. Relegation may not be a huge worrying aspect for other clubs, but QPR face the threat of being pushed out of the football league altogether or come up with a £ 60 million fine before the start of next season if they are relegated.

“No regrets at all because I know what a great coach he is. It’s a gamble, any manager coming in would have been a gamble. There’s no guarantees that anyone would have kept us in the division or anyone would have done any better than Chris Ramsey’s doing at the moment, so I’ve got no regrets whatsoever. Tony came out and said if he keeps (QPR in the Premier League), the job’s definitely his, but it’s like being at a roulette table, spinning the dice: he has taken on somebody’s else’s team,” said Ferdinand.