Lynch feels boss McClaren is deserving of more praise for way he’s turned QPR around
PUBLISHED: 10:00 21 November 2018
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Rs boss was named manager of the month for October after changing club’s fortunes
Joel Lynch believes his Queens Park Rangers manager Steve McClaren deserves more credit for the job he is currently doing.
The 57-year-old took over at the Rs in the summer following the departure of Ian Holloway.
McClaren’s first four league games were nothing short of a disaster with the Loftus Road club losing each one, including an embarrassing 7-1 defeat at West Bromwich Albion.
Since then, though, things have turned around for QPR with the club having taken 26 points from their last 13 games to move within two points of the top six.
During the west Londoners’ start to the new term, McClaren was subject to criticism from both the supporters and the media.
But now things are looking much rosier for the Rs, Lynch feels his boss is not getting the recognition he should
“Everything he’s doing at the minute is working, so he does deserve more credit,” said the Wales international.
“Every manager gets a lot of stick and being an ex-England manager, a lot of people are looking at him all the time.
“The manager is the first one people look at when the team’s not doing well, but since the West Brom game, we have been a lot better and a lot stronger.
“We’re getting better each game, there’s been a few ups and downs, but our consistency has got a lot better.”
There has been plenty of focus on McClaren this season as the ex-England boss seeks to rebuild his reputation after spells at Newcastle United and Derby.
There also seems to have been an increase on the column inches in national press dedicated to the QPR manager this term compared to Holloway’s time in charge.
Lynch acknowledges McClaren is likely to get more attention as a former England manager, but is pleased he is proving people wrong.
“Because of who he is, I think he does get a lot of stick, but he’s a brilliant coach and a good manager,” added the 31-year-old.
“Everything that he’s taught us and has been coaching us is working on the pitch, so credit to him.
“It’s come from the lads really working at it, getting their heads down and grafting day in, day out.
“There hasn’t been many days off and it’s been hard work, but it’s paying off. When you go in after getting three points, you don’t mind being tired.”