Queens Park Rangers boss Ian Holloway excited about Bristol return ahead of City clash
- Credit: PA Wire/PA Images
QPR boss, who grew up as a Rovers fan, travel to Ashton Gate for Good Friday match
Queens Park Rangers boss Ian Holloway returns to his hometown Bristol on Good Friday, looking for all three points against Bristol City which would all but end the west London club’s relegation fears.
Holloway came through the ranks as City’s Bristol rivals Rovers before going on to manage the Gas for five years prior to his first stint in charge at QPR.
Given his ties to Rovers, the 54-year-old expects to receive a hostile reception at Ashton Gate tomorrow, but he is eagerly anticipating the clash.
“As a Bristolian from the other side of the town, there isn’t a bigger game for me than going to Ashton Gate,” Holloway told the club website.
He continued: “A lot of their fans will know I’m a proud Bristolian. All the other ones? Well, I couldn’t care less, I’ve got to be honest!”
You may also want to watch:
The Rangers boss is not the only one returning to the West Country this weekend, with Luke Freeman heading back to face his former club.
The 25-year-old swapped relegation-threatened City for QPR in January, penning a three-and-a-half year deal following a £300,000 transfer.
- 1 Pink mob: Two Harlesden women among gang jailed for drug offences valued at £2million
- 2 Tapas restaurant The Star opens in Willesden Green with free parties
- 3 Application submitted to turn 'bed bug' hotel in Harlesden into HMO
- 4 Man who murdered Kilburn waiter jailed
- 5 TfL told to introduce 'pay per mile' charge to motorists
- 6 Wembley pensioner, 71, off to university with EuroMillions win
- 7 Noise abatement notice served against 'silent disco'
- 8 Join the Craic in Cricklewood as four-day music festival returns to London
- 9 Estranged husband who set wife on fire in Stonebridge jailed
- 10 QPR were soft in heavy Fulham defeat says boss Warburton
And Holloway expects his recent addition could also be subject to a less-than-friendly welcome upon his return.
“Signing Luke from them won’t have gone down too well either (with their fans), but I’m only as good as they are because I recognised what a good player he is, just as they recognised it,” he added. “He’ll probably get even more stick than me!
“I’m sure I’ll be in for a little bit as well, although I wish they had a different song — it’s quite boring now, but I’m looking forward to it.”
As for any team news ahead of the clash, Holloway was coy, saying: “I don’t want to talk about who I might be playing, or whose fit or not fit.
“I do apologise for that but people will be all over this like a rash – and I don’t want that rash to spread. So let them guess what our team news is!”