Kevin Gallen column: Ian Holloway’s return to QPR has given the whole club a much-needed boost

Club legend Kevin Gallen is pleased to see Ian Holloway back at Loftus Road.

Club legend Kevin Gallen is pleased to see Ian Holloway back at Loftus Road. - Credit: PA Archive/PA Images

QPR favourite Kevin Gallen discusses Ian Holloway’s return to Loftus Road and how Conor Washington can flourish under new management.

Hello all and welcome to my latest QPR column for the Brent & Kilburn Times.

First of all I think Ian Holloway coming back to the club is good news all round. There been’s a lot of doom and gloom around the place recently and now suddenly there’s a lot of positivity again – the fans are buzzing. Having that feel-good factor back at Loftus Road is vitally important.

When Ollie left before it was a massive blow for the club and especially the group of players he left behind.

I don’t think anyone can beat Ollie for enthusiasm. As a player he was the same and it rubbed off on all the other players.

He’s a brilliant guy and is so passionate about the game, not just QPR.

I used to be his boot boy when he was a player and I was a scholar at QPR. I didn’t really clean his boots though, I just used to polish over the mud a little bit! I don’t think I’d have got away with that if it was anyone else.

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His last spell in management obviously didn’t go well, but Millwall are a difficult club to work at, let alone be a success. It’s a fresh start for him and Birch, and I know they’ll give absolutely everything they have.

He was very settled at Sky and was a good pundit to be fair, but being a club legend there was always a chance he could come back one day. After speaking to him at the weekend he’s still got the same hunger, desire and enthusiasm for QPR as he did the first day I met him.

I hear people say we’re building for the future, but it doesn’t work like that with the first team. You’ve got to win games ultimately and that’s why Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink was sacked – the club expected a lot more and hopefully Ollie will bring that.

He’s got the crowd behind him, which is important to have at any football club, and his style of play will certainly be an improvement on the last manager.

“I would expect to see some movement in the transfer window. I think he’ll bring a few in and some will go out too. I’d be surprised if another striker doesn’t come in January.

Ollie has always had a good reputation for having prolific goalscorers in his team and I think Conor Washington in particular can flourish under his guidance.

He’s got an excellent attitude and if he’s played in his correct position and builds some confidence up he’s a very capable striker on his day.

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