Lee Cook column: It might be time for Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink to leave QPR
PUBLISHED: 17:28 21 September 2016 | UPDATED: 17:28 21 September 2016
QPR favourite Lee Cook discusses the club’s recent poor form and the need for Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink to turn the situation around before it is too late.
In my first column this season I said QPR had to hit the ground running or Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink would be on borrowed time. Well, after three wins in their first eight Championship games, I think the manager’s time might well be up.
It’s been a strange season so far. We started with a couple of good wins but in the last month it all seems to have petered out.
I was at the Blackburn game a couple of weeks ago and thought we were lucky to get a draw. I couldn’t believe how flat we were, and how flat the atmosphere was.
I came away from that game expecting us to get hammered by Newcastle, and that’s exactly what happened. The lack of passion from the players in both matches was shocking.
It was the same in the loss to Huddersfield at the weekend. As a QPR fan you don’t expect to win every week, but you do expect your players to show some bottle.
Against Newcastle we didn’t have a single player booked. That tells you all you need to know about the level of passion on the pitch.
I was part of the QPR side that lost 5-0 to Southend in 2007.
At 3-0 down we got the right hump – we started smashing into players left, right and centre, giving them a really hard time. We got hammered but we didn’t go down without a fight. We drew our next two games and we went on to avoid relegation.
Of course it’s far too early to start talking in terms of relegation but they need to stop this slide quickly.
Despite all the talk at the start of the season, Jimmy seems unable to get his players fired up.
The most worrying thing for me is that after the Huddersfield game the manager seemed quite happy with the defeat. Perhaps he feels he’s not under pressure. Well, he is. QPR is a big club and the fans won’t tolerate that level of performance.
In some ways I think Jimmy was fortunate to come in when he did last season. He had most of the season to work out what he wanted during the summer – but it doesn’t seem to have worked and the results haven’t been there. You have to think it might be time for him to leave.
I look at the other managers out there and available – Steve McClaren did brilliantly for the club working under Harry Redknapp. He would be a popular choice.
All I want to see in the coming weeks is desire, and that has to start in the league against Birmingham this weekend. Jimmy has to get it sorted – quickly.