8 tackles?! Massimo Luongo can hold his head high after Steve McClaren sacking

Steve McClaren’s sacking on April Fool’s Day is about as fitting as it gets when it comes to giving managers the boot – the former England boss has embarrassed himself week after week and his post-match interviews may as well just be a pre-recorded message to be sold as new comments after each game.

The 57-year-old’s departure comes in the wake of another disappointing loss – this time to fellow strugglers Bolton – and few could argue that appropriate action wasn’t taken on Monday, even if the ongoing uncertainty at the club has now been compounded.

The R’s have won just one game in 2019 – against Leeds – and are now eight points above the drop in what will surely be a season to forget regardless of if they suffer relegation or not. One man, though, can hold his head high and confidently say that he cannot be blamed for the weekend’s defeat nor McClaren’s sacking.

Massimo Luongo has been a fixture in the Hoops starting XI this season and has made an impressive 35 league appearances – the latest of which also happened to be his most impressive. The Australian completed an astounding eight tackles against the Trotters, battling away tirelessly in the middle of the park – his efforts, though, were in vain as those around him were largely poor.

Massimo Luongo v Bolton

Far from satisfied with his defensive output, though, the 26-year-old teed up Nahki Wells for a late consolation while also completing a solid 2 key passes and 3 dribbles in what was an extremely well-rounded display from the former Swindon Town man.

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Unfortunately, though, the 5 ft 9 ace’s numbers couldn’t save the Loftus Road outfit from suffering an 11th defeat in 2019 nor McClaren’s job. What next for QPR is uncertain but, if the reports linking Tim Sherwood with the vacant manager role are accurate, it could get a whole lot worse for the R’s and their fans.