Ian Holloway admits Queens Park Rangers face tough start to Championship season

PUBLISHED: 14:00 22 June 2017

Queens Park Rangers manager Ian Holloway and coach Marc Bircham (right) (pic: Steven Paston/PA)

Queens Park Rangers manager Ian Holloway and coach Marc Bircham (right) (pic: Steven Paston/PA)

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Rs start at home to Reading on August 5 and visit Sheffield Wednesday a week later

Queens Park Rangers manager Ian Holloway admits his team have been handed a difficult start to the Championship season.

The west Londoners begin at home to last season’s beaten play-off finalists Reading on August 5, before visiting Sheffield Wednesday, who also made the play-offs, a week later.

The first month also sees a trip to Norwich City, who beat Rs 4-0 on the final day of last season, on August 15, the visit of recently-relegated Hull City on August 19 and a reunion with former boss Neil Warnock at Cardiff City on August 26.

On paper, it seems a devilishly difficult start to the new term for QPR, and while Holloway is aware of the task that lies ahead, it looks to be a challenge that rouses him.

“It’ll be my 20th season as a manager – and I’m really excited. I want to get the QPR fans up for one of the toughest Championship seasons ever,” he told the club website.

“If you look at the teams, it’s quite amazing. It’s a really-tough standard but, having said that, we’re a good club ourselves.

“It’s a challenging start but, every time you look at it, there’s no easy game in the Championship any more. That’s the start we’ve been allocated, so it’s all about us now. “

Before the new term begins, QPR will hope to have made a signing, with the west London club yet to make a senior addition this summer.

However, Holloway was relaxed about the situation and revealed the Rs hierarchy were working on several deals.

“It’s always difficult doing business at this time, people are on holiday and all sorts, but we have targets, and we’re down the road on those,” he added.

“We know who we want, and it’s just about getting deals over the line. We’ve also got back-up options if those deals don’t work out.”

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