Lee Cook column: Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink is treading on thin ice at QPR
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QPR favourite Lee Cook discusses the pitiful home display against Brentford and his continued doubts over whether Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink is the right man to take the club forward.
Hello all and welcome to my latest column for the Brent & Kilburn Times.
I think it’s safe to say that firstly the performance against Brentford was under no circumstances acceptable – the fans were well within the rights to vent their frustrations after a display like that.
I was at the game with Martin Rowlands and we just didn’t understand what QPR were trying to do, there didn’t seem to be any real game plan.
I’ve said before I wasn’t sure if Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink is the right man for the job, and those concerns are intensifying.
The most worrying part for me of all are Jimmy’s post-match comments. I don’t understand them at all.
He said after the Brentford game it wasn’t like the previous six games where we had performed well – I must have missed that.
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We’ve only won at twice at home all season. It’s not the first time I’ve been pretty perplexed by comments Jimmy has made and I’m sure it won’t be the last. I’m really starting to wonder if the standards he is setting for the team are high enough.
I’m not sure what the goal was this season, but if he and the board are pleased with the previous six performances then obviously the target wasn’t to get in the play-offs this season – it was mid-table obscurity.
You can’t scrape through games winning 1-0 throughout the season hoping you can sneak into the play-offs, you need to perform at a higher level than that and as a team know exactly what you are doing.
For me Jimmy has been very stubborn with his formation and tactics throughout his spell to date - he’s very set in his own ways.
It took 65 minutes the other night for him to change it. If it’s not working, just mix it around.
To play players out of position and expect them to have the same impact as they do in their preferred position is asking a lot. A lot of people are giving these players stick, but it’s not really their fault.
I remember this time last year where it got to that stage where all the fans had completely turned against Chris Ramsey, and I think if things don’t change rapidly, and by that I mean the quality of performance as well as the results, the same will happen to Jimmy. It’s certainly looking that way at the minute.
They might give him until Christmas, who knows. But the last time I felt there was a little bit of pressure we nicked a result against Fulham which was more by luck than anything. They missed two penalties and were the better side on the day.
You’ve got to set your standards at the start of the season and if it was to get in the play-offs, that certainly doesn’t look like happening.
If we lose at Nottingham Forest I think the club have a very tough decision to make, as this situation has to change sooner rather than later.