Les Ferdinand: Ian Holloway will be given the time he needs to succeed at QPR
PUBLISHED: 07:00 10 February 2017
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QPR’s director of football Les Ferdinand believes Ian Holloway will be given the time he needs to take the club forward.
While Ferdinand remains positive about the club’s future, Holloway’s second spell in charge of the Rs has started far from convincingly, with just four wins from 15 games in all competitions.
However, the former Rs striker believes the rapport Holloway has with supporters means he has plenty of time on his side - something his two predecessors didn’t get.
He told the Times: “The supporters have an affiliation with Ollie, they’ve always loved him.
“They feel he has got the club at heart, although that’s not to say the last two managers (Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and Chris Ramsey) didn’t, because they did.
“But I understand supporters have affiliations with different managers and different people, so he’ll get a better chance than the other two did. The football is better, although the results haven’t actually reflected that.
“The feel-good factor is back with Ollie, you can definitely feel that at the home games.
“We’re still very much in a transitional period though, so fans have to be patient with Ollie and believe in the philosophy he wants to implement at the club.
“Ian has had to accomodate certain players in the side because he hasn’t been able to play the system he’s wanted to at times.
“We now believe we’ve got that personnel for him to do that now though, and the shape of the team from now on will reflect the changes.”
Ferdinand, who recently celebrated his two-year anniversary as director of football in W12, remains committed to a long-term future at Rangers and believes the best is yet to come.
“I’m really enjoying my time at the club and am still really settled here,” he said.
“The best moment is still yet to come here. Coming into the club, I knew it was going to be a difficult situation, as we had a lot of players on high salaries that were coming to the end of their contracts that we couldn’t afford to keep.
“So it was about changing the identity of the club and bringing in young players trying to progress in their careers, rather than coming to the end of them.
“We had some big earners we needed to get out of the club in the last window, like Sandro, and we then replenished the squad with players who had a hunger and desire to do well.
“We’ve been crying out for stability at this club and we’re close to getting that now.”