Steve McClaren has been sacked as QPR manager after 11 months in the job after falling to defeat against the hollow husk of Bolton Wanderers at the weekend proved to be the final straw.
The Hoops have won just one of their previous 15 games and are currently lolling down in 17th in the Championship table, one place and three points above Birmingham City who recently had nine points deducted by the EFL for financial breaches.
📝 Steve McClaren has left #QPR with immediate effect.
— QPR FC (@QPR) 1 April 2019
His departure means that McClaren’s imperious record of his first ever managerial job at Middlesbrough (2001-06) being the only time he’s ever lasted more than 20 months in charge of anybody – England included – is still intact and ongoing.
Destroy, exit, live off the bountiful compensation. Lather, rinse, repeat.
The news of McClaren’s demise was perhaps most warmly greeted by the man he replaced at Loftus Road last May, Ian Holloway, who wasted little time in giving his successor both barrels during a radio interview roughly an hour or so after QPR made their announcement.
Wibbling away on TalkSport, Holloway wobbled:
He took my job, didn’t he? And I had another year [left on my contract] so I’m still being paid by them now.
It is what it is. Whether he was told what the club would have to do, whether he knew we’d have to be cutting back – like I was doing – I don’t know.
All I know is he was talking to the chairman while I was in the job, telling the chairman what he thinks he should do and obviously he hasn’t been able to do it.
The full wabble is available here…
“He took my job” 😡
“He was talking to the chairman while I was in the job, saying what he’d do.”
“What goes around comes around.”
“Would I go back? It depends….”
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) 1 April 2019
Incidentally, the “good work” Holloway was getting through at the point of his sacking included finishing the 2017-18 season in 16th having lost five of his final eight games in charge by an aggregate score of 11-2.