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QPR defender welcomes Hasselbaink’s imminent appointment at Loftus Road

PUBLISHED: 06:00 04 December 2015 | UPDATED: 13:51 07 December 2015

James Perch has praised the soon-to-be QPR head coach Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink

James Perch has praised the soon-to-be QPR head coach Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink

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With Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink set to be named as QPR’s manager – Rs defender James Perch for one looks to have got his wish.

The Dutchman, who led Burton Albion to the League Two title last season and the summit of the third tier this year, will take over the reins at Loftus Road officially on Friday, nearly a month after Chris Ramsey was relieved of his first-team duties.

And that will come as music to the ears of Perch, who spoke glowingly of Hasselbaink when asked about his thoughts on the 43-year-old being given the No 1 role in W12.

He said: “Jimmy’s done really well at Burton, so it’s no surprise the club have been looking at him.

“He’s also been fortunate to have worked under brilliant managers during his playing career, so I’m sure he would have taken a lot of tips and advice from them.

“We just need consistency within the club. We just want a manager who is doing well now or has done so in the past, has good credentials and who doesn’t have to come in and change a great deal.

“Neil (Warnock) has come in and worked with us over the last couple of weeks and you can see the difference he’s made.

“There’s not a great deal in my opinion that our new manager has got to do to get us pushing back up the table, as we’re in touching distance of the play-offs anyway.

“We just need to give the new manager a selection headache, because then we’ll know we are on the right track.”

Elsewhere, Perch admits that keeping hold of Charlie Austin, who netted his eighth goal of the season in Saturday’s 1-0 win over Leeds, is essential if the Rs want to mount a promotion bid in the second half of the campaign.

“It will be perfect for us if he didn’t go, he’s a big player for us,” revealed Perch. “Everyone in the dressing room wants him to stay, of course, but there will be a lot of interest in him in the transfer window.

“He makes a huge difference to us. He came on straight away against Leeds and made an instant impact.

“Everyone knows that’s what Chaz does – he’s a goalscorer – and they are few and far between in this game.”

He added: “The Christmas period is huge for us.

“If we can put a few wins together it will put us in good stead for the rest of the season and we can push on.”

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