Every so often you get managers like Ian Holloway who continually plug away to bring results to sides like QPR, who have vastly reduced budgets and are trying to compete with the likes of Newcastle United in the Championship.
But what Queens Park Rangers do have in Ian Holloway is a man who knows the club and understands what it takes to manage a team, that are often clouded out by other London clubs in the area.
Holloway had a five year stint at Loftus Road between 1991 and 1996 in a spell where he played in just the first division, known after his first season as the Premier League.
So this is a partnership that has previous and under his guidance, there’s no reason why the Hoops shouldn’t be there or there about’s next season.
Of course, he’s also been at the helm of the club before too, where he saw them promoted from the second division in 2003-2004 season.
This is a QPR side with a much reduced budget than we’ve seen in the past and that is arguably for the better – we saw how Tony Fernandes’ world came crashing down as a result of heavy investment.
But in Ian Holloway, they have a manager who knows how to rough it out and bring results to teams that at times, are seriously over-performing.
He oversaw Blackpool’s spell in the top flight that took the world by storm a few years ago and has jobs at Crystal Palace and Millwall since.
He’s overseen promotions with QPR, Blackpool and Crystal Palace in the past and if there’s a hardy English manager out there who deserves another shot at the Premier League, it’s Ian Holloway.
This season will be a somewhat fruitless affair but if Holloway keeps them in the division, he’ll have a whole summer to rear the sort of team he wants to create at Loftus Road.
And there is no reason why, when he does get time to have a go, that he can’t bring QPR back towards the top of the table once again.