Hasselbaink reveals Charlie Austin U-turn and Friday meeting before Southampton move
PUBLISHED: 18:22 16 January 2016 | UPDATED: 23:30 17 January 2016
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QPR manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink said a U-turn by Charlie Austin led to the striker being sold to Southampton.
The 26-year-old, who has been out for a month with a hamstring problem, was out of contract in the summer and finalised a £4million move to St Mary’s on Saturday.
Hasselbaink, who enjoyed his first win in charge of Rangers as they ended their eight-game drought with a 3-0 success at Rotherham, said that Austin told him he wanted to stay at Loftus Road but has since changed his mind.
“Hopefully I’ll get all of that money,” the Dutchman said. “Six weeks ago Charlie told me that he was going to stay until at least the end of the season.
“We were planning for Charlie being here. Yesterday he came to see me and said he had an opportunity to go to Southampton and he wanted to go.
“What do you do? He had six months left, the club decided to sell him. The club is bigger than whoever. It will give an opportunity to someone else. Charlie wanted to go, he went, we move on.”
The disappointment of losing Austin will have eased with victory against the Millers, which came after a second-half revival at New York Stadium.
Hasselbaink’s side were well off the pace in the first half but turned it around after the break, getting a first win since December 5 thanks to goals from Junior Hoilett, Matt Phillips and Sebastien Polter.
“It feels good!” he said. “More so that it was a good performance, especially in the second half.
“It was very difficult in the first but in the second we looked like we didn’t want to mess about. We got behind them, we were dangerous and we were clinical and you need to be clinical.
“We had a few words (at half-time), nothing crazy - just organisational. I must say Rotherham made it very difficult for us in the first half, they are right in your face, they don’t give you time.