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Ian Holloway has been busy speaking to the media about his QPR days once again, and this time, he has some choice words for another ex-R’s boss in Steve McClaren.
The former England manager was sacked from his post at the London-based club after a run of just one win in 15 Championship games last season, lasting less than a year in charge – his tenure also involved a 7-1 defeat to West Brom.
It was McClaren who replaced Holloway in the QPR dugout just eight days after the former Blackpool and Crystal Palace boss was sacked, and the 56-year-old doesn’t seem to be a huge fan of his successor…
Holloway told The Sack Race: “I had a year of my contract remaining, which I fully wanted to see out but the club decided to dispense off my services.
“They honoured everything that they needed to honour with me so I’ve not got an axe to grind with anybody. The only person I don’t like in it amongst it all is Steve McClaren.
“I don’t like him, I never will, and part of me – I’m going to be horrible here – is glad it didn’t work out for him.
“I’ve got no other problem with anybody else, I just don’t like Steve McClaren, and those reasons are private.
“If a Chairman ever rang me and said that they wanted to talk to me about becoming their manager, they’d have to have a vacant chair. The difficult thing for a manager is you can’t ask for a job until it becomes available, but when the job becomes available some people have already been through the back door!”
While Holloway says that his reasons for disliking the 58-year-old former England boss are “private”, the last paragraph coupled with the speedy appointment of McClaren suggests he isn’t too happy with the manner in which he was replaced.
His dislike of McClaren comes after these QPR supporters also expressed their unhappiness with the former Newcastle manager back at the start of his Loftus Road reign.
One fan told him to “leave now, pack a bag and forget this ever happened” whilst another asked how he keeps getting jobs.
Another selection of fans highlighted by Newcastle fan-site The Mag shows just how disliked McClaren is at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium.
It does seem as if McClaren isn’t a well-liked figure among those who hold QPR close to them, whether it’s a former manager in Holloway or indeed the fan base.
For the fans, it’s potentially due to the fact that he oversaw their worst loss in over 31 years, as well as the club’s worst-ever start to a season – having existed since 1882, that takes some doing.