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Rs defender Konchesky willing to sacrifice family Christmas for QPR

PUBLISHED: 14:11 23 December 2015 | UPDATED: 14:11 23 December 2015

Paul Konchesky is used to the busy Christmas schedule after being involved in the game for 18 years

Paul Konchesky is used to the busy Christmas schedule after being involved in the game for 18 years

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Paul Konchesky is focusing on what is really important this Christmas – and that is gaining as many points as possible for QPR in the busy festive period.

Life as a footballer has many perks but spending quality time with family over Christmas is certainly not one of them.

Konchesky, who is on a season-long loan from Premier League table-toppers Leicester City, knows all too well about the rigours of the festive schedule after 18 years as a professional footballer to date.

He told the Times: “I’ve done it for so many years now it’s natural to me and you get used to it.

“It’s not ideal but this is my job, I love doing what I do and that’s part and parcel of football. You get all summer to have good times with your family and you’re a long time retired so those days will come.

“As long as I see my family during those times it’s fine. Christmas is always different under different managers. We haven’t received our schedule yet but presumably we’ll be in a hotel on Christmas night with all the lads.

“All the lads are used to it and we just want to continue getting points on the board. I will get to see the family and have dinner, which is the most important part.

“Then it’s time to get down to business on Boxing Day against Ipswich.”

QPR are currently unbeaten under their new boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, recording three draws against Brighton, Burnley and Bristol City.

The side’s performances during those games have been a considerable improvement on what fans had witnessed in W12 earlier in the season, despite the failure to win.

Most notable is the emphasis Hasselbaink has placed on pressing and playing high up the pitch, a style which requires physical demands in training to implement on the pitch.

Konchesky gave the Times an insight into the new ideology the new manager has brought to the club.

He said: “It’s gone from maybe not doing a lot to very intense but that’s not just for me, that’s for everybody. We will adapt and we have adapted well so far.

“It’s going to be a tough Christmas period, hopefully the training won’t be so bad, but the manager knows what he wants and he gets his points across clearly to us on the training ground.

“Jimmy has great ideas, he knows what he wants and if we can give him that he will be a successful manager.

“Hopefully that will be with QPR and it starts this season with him pushing us up the league and challenging for promotion.”

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