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‘I don’t like him’ – Ex-QPR boss Ian Holloway reveals the manager that he can’t stand

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Ian Holloway has revealed that he can’t stand Steve McClaren and is glad things didn’t work out for him as QPR boss.

McClaren was appointed to take charge at Loftus Road in May 2018, replacing Holloway less than a week after he was sacked by the club.

The 58-year-old did not last long in the role and was fired less than a year later after his side went on a run of just one win in 15 league games.

Speaking to the Sack Race, Holloway revealed he was not a fan of McClaren after the speed with which he replaced him at the west London club.

He said: “I had a year of my contract remaining, which I fully wanted to see out but the club decided to dispense off my services.

“They honoured everything that they needed to honour with me so I’ve not got an axe to grind with anybody. The only person I don’t like in it amongst it all is Steve McClaren.

“I don’t like him, I never will, and part of me–I’m going to be horrible here–is glad it didn’t work out for him.

“If I saw him today I’d have to tell him exactly what I think of him. We nearly crossed paths the other week but I refused to go. It is what it is. I’ve got no other problem with anybody else, I just don’t like Steve McClaren, and those reasons are private.

He added: “If a Chairman ever rang me and said that they wanted to talk to me about becoming their manager, they’d have to have a vacant chair.

“The difficult thing for a manager is you can’t ask for a job until it becomes available, but when the job becomes available some people have already been through the back door.”

The Verdict

You can tell from his interactions with the media that Holloway is a very passionate man and McClaren appears to have got on the wrong side of him.

With the speed at which managers are hired and fired in modern football, it is interesting to get an insight into Holloway’s thoughts on the morals of the situation.

It appears the 56-year-old feels that McClaren overstepped the line and was in negotiations with QPR before he was shown the door.

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