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Ian Holloway reveals motivation behind returning as QPR manager

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Former QPR boss Ian Holloway has revealed that the “special affinity” he feels with the club is the reason he returned as manager for a second time. 

Holloway spent two spells as manager at Loftus Road, in addition to making 170 appearances for the club as a player.

The 56-year-old led QPR for more than 250 games during his first stint in charge, helping them to win promotion back to the second tier of English football in the 2003/04 campaign.

He would then return to the club more than 10 years later in 2016, however, his second spell was not quite as successful and he was sacked in 2018 after two seasons at the helm.

Speaking to the Sack Race, Holloway revealed why he chose to return as manager for a second time.

He explained: “I have a special affinity with QPR.

“This was fuelled by old boss Gerry Francis. The way he talked about QPR while at Bristol Rovers, the bloke made it sound so special.

“Then when I played for them we finished fifth in the Premier League, we were the top London club. To play in that team was an absolute joy.”

He added: “I love QPR. I was gutted they got rid of me but it was an honour to manage them. I’m really pleased with the young lads they’ve got there, and I wish Mark Warburton all the best, I hope he does really well.”

The Verdict

It appears that Holloway really does have a close bond with the club, given that he spent five seasons there as a player and seven seasons as a manager across two different spells.

It is nice to hear that despite things not ending brilliantly in the 56-year-old’s last spell he still wishes the club well and is hoping Warburton is successful.

Things have started really well under the new boss and the R’s are currently eighth, only outside the top six on goal difference. 

They welcome newly-promoted Luton Town to Loftus Road on Saturday and will be confident of claiming their fourth league victory of the season.


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