Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s reign as QPR boss has not started as well as he would have hoped.
His side sit benignly in mid table after a less than impressive start to life back in the Championship, and have bid farewell to top scorer Charlie Austin after he made the switch to Premier League side Southampton.
But Hasselbaink has one happy camper in powerhouse midfielder Leroy Fer, who has said he feels ‘much more confident’ under his new boss, according to Get West London.
Fer, like many of QPR’s key players, failed to live up to expectations during the first half of the season, when former manager Chris Ramsey was at the helm – having scored just two goals over the course of the campaign.
However, the Dutchman has been impressed with Hasselbaink’s influence over the team’s style of play during his first ten games in charge.
“We lost our way earlier in the season and played a different system, and it didn’t work, but now we’re playing high pressure and balls into the striker,” Fer said to Get West London.
“He [Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink] is trying to play me with Junior [Hoilett] … it gives us a lot of freedom, and we can link up very well.”
The former Chelsea attacker arrived at Loftus Road with an impressive managerial background, following his successes with Staffordshire club Burton Albion, having guided them to automatic promotion from League Two.
The Brewers then made a fantastic start to their first ever campaign in the third tier of English football, sitting pretty at the table’s summit at the time of Hasselbaink’s departure.
However, Jimmy has not been able to conjure up a belated promotion push for the R’s as of yet – having won just once, albeit convincingly, in a 3-0 mauling of strugglers Rotherham.
The London club travel to the City Ground on Tuesday evening, looking to take three points from the hands of in-form Nottingham Forest, who lie just a few places above them in eleventh.
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