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QPR’s squad needs more Championship pedigree, admits boss Holloway

17:00 10 January 2017

Queens Park Rangers manager Ian Holloway during the Sky Bet Championship match at Loftus Road, London

Queens Park Rangers manager Ian Holloway during the Sky Bet Championship match at Loftus Road, London

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QPR boss Ian Holloway has admitted he is in desperate need of adding Championship pedigree to his squad during the transfer window.

Since returning to W12 for a second spell as manager Holloway has lost seven of his first 10 games in charge, winning just three in the process, and says there will be plenty of changes this month as he stamps his authority on the squad.

Sebastian Polter has already sealed a return to Germany with Tjaronn Chery close to securing a lucrative move to China, pending official confirmation from the Championship outfit.

Ben Gladwin has also moved back to Swindon Town on loan until the end of the season, while Rangers have finally offloaded high earner Sandro to Turkish outfit Antalyaspor.

And while Holloway says there won’t be a vast turnaround with his squad this month, he has admitted he will be changing things around - something he says is imperative for him to do in order for the club to be successful.

Speaking about his time back at the club so far he said: “I thought we’d have got more wins than what we have done to be honest and I thought the squad had a better unity than we’ve actually got.

“I’ve got to make a few changes and quickly now. I need to get people in who know how to play in this division and have that pedigree to do what I need them to do.

“You need forward thinking players who are going to have a go. We kept playing sideways [against Blackburn] and that’s not what I want them to do – it’s the complete opposite.

“We’ve got to have a go and try and give our fans something to cheer about and we haven’t been doing that enough recently.”

Holloway is keen to add at least one striker to his ranks in the January transfer window, underlining his frustration over his side’s attacking display in the recent FA Cup defeat to Blackburn at Loftus Road.

He added: “I’ve got to get the balance right in this team. It’s a change of philosophy, how we do things from now on is really important- obviously a few changes will be made.

“You’ve got to be able to dominate the ball and get it forward, and be exciting going forward.

“We’re building a fighting togetherness and a fighting spirit here and that’s what matters. It’s never the players you lose that you should worry about, it’s always the ones you bring in that count.

“Time is a very valuable commodity to football managers and unfortunately these days some don’t get enough time.

“Here I’m getting trusted at this place to build a team that will fight and play, and have enough youngsters in it to keep everyone more than happy.

“If we end up selling them and making fortunes on them and as a result have to rebuild and get other people in, then so be it.

“It’s all about getting some belief back at this place at the minute and doing things the right way again. We’ll be fine if we start doing that.”

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