Queens Park Rangers: Ian Holloway hopes to give departing QPR pair Jamie Mackie and James Perch a fitting send-off
PUBLISHED: 16:00 13 April 2018
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QPR welcome Preston North End in the Championship this Saturday
With their place in the Championship next season now mathematically certain, Queens Park Rangers can enjoy the rest of the current term, starting at home to Preston North End on Saturday.
With the Rs now set for another campaign in the second tier of English football, boss Ian Holloway would be forgiven for taking a look at different players or tactics ahead of next season.
However, with four games to go in the current term, the 54-year-old instead hinted he may be looking to give two departing players a fitting send-off.
Both Jamie Mackie and James Perch, who have made over 200 QPR appearances between them, will leave Loftus Road when their contracts expire in the summer.
And Holloway hopes the west Londoners can say goodbye to the pair in a fitting manner over the closing weeks of the season.
“I’m pleased we’ve equalled the tally we got last year and we’ve 12 points left to play for,” he said.
“I want to smash things through and it also enables me, now we’re totally safe, to give two lads a fantastic send off in ‘Perchy’ and Jamie.
“I’m going to have to wish them well because there are young lads coming through.
“They’ve taken the decision so well and they’re going to get contracts with other clubs, but we’ve got a lot of senior lads still here and these young lads have almost pushed them out.
“I want to thank them for what they’ve done for us and I want our fans to thank them as much as they did Ray Wilkins on Tuesday.”
QPR head into the Preston game off the back of a 4-2 win at home to Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday, a game for which Holloway made six changes to his starting XI.
The Rs boss was pleased the high number of alterations did the job, with youngsters like Paul Smyth and Bright Osayi-Samuel impressing after coming into the side.
“I wanted to freshen it up. We had three games in a short space of time recently and I picked almost the same team for those games,” he added.
“I’ve got some wonderful kids here waiting to show our fans what they can do.
“I might have to put three in, take them out and put another three in because if I played all of them at the same time, we might be in trouble as they haven’t got the experience to draw on if it goes wrong.”