Ian Holloway has released a statement to the League Managers Association, where he expressed how ‘bitterly disappointed’ he was to be told his Queens Park Rangers contract would not be extended.
Holloway returned for a second spell as manager at Loftus Road in November 2016, replacing Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, when signing a two-and-half year deal. Since the season ended, the club have acted swiftly to replace him with Steve McClaren, who has held several managerial roles, and also previously worked on the coaching staff for a time at QPR.
Holloway admits it was a shame he could not continue in the role, but remains a QPR supporter at heart,
“I am bitterly disappointed to have been asked to leave the club, but I proudly believe it is in a better place than when I arrived.
“I’m sure the club will go on from strength to strength and I thank the fans for their wonderful passion and the support they gave me and the team.
“I thoroughly enjoyed my tenure and wish the club all the very best for the future.
“Come on you Rs!”
When revealing Holloway’s departure, club CEO Les Hoos praised him for the job he did,
“He joined us at a critical stage as we looked to reduce the wage bill, bring in younger talent and remain competitive on the pitch at the same time.
“That is no easy task and it was down to his desire, love for the club and hard work that he achieved those goals.”