Former QPR manager Steve McClaren has claimed that a lack of “results and patience” were to blame for his sacking as QPR manager.
McClaren was sacked by the London club on Monday with Rangers 17th in the Championship table, eight points clear of the relegation zone following a run of just one win in 15 games, and the former England boss has now broken his silence on his departure from Loftus Road.
Issuing a statement via the League Managers Association, McClaren said: “It’s been a privilege and honour to have managed QPR, a club with such great history and tradition in English football.
“I am very disappointed to be leaving at this stage of the season after everybody has worked so hard to achieve the club’s target of staying in the Championship.”
Reflecting on his what went wrong at Loftus Road, McClaren, who spent less than a year in charge of Rangers, added: “After a bad start, our performances midway through the season saw us challenging for a play-off place. Unfortunately, since then, results have proved inconsistent but with seven games to go I felt very confident that staying in the league was achievable.
“We worked hard to build an environment and culture to develop young players for the long-term stability of the club. However, we are in a results based business and unfortunately both results and patience weren’t forthcoming.”
McClaren concluded the statement by thanking the staff and players at the club, as well as the supporters, and wishing “everyone well for the remainder of the season.”
McClaren has been in management long enough to know that one bad run of results can be enough to cost you your job in football, so patience is probably not something he should have expected, particularly at a club who change managers as regularly as QPR.
The frustration however is understandable, given that impressive mid season run that had Rangers looking up rather than down as they are now, which may well leave a sense of what if given the potential shown at Loftus Road earlier in the season.
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